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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Ophthalmology

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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9,388Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 11 out of 1254

$1.31M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 8 out of 1254

1,223 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
97% Patients 65 Years and Older

96% Subsidized Claims for Low-Income Patients

How Does This Prescriber Compare to Peers?

In the same specialty and state. Caveats »

Drugs That Present Special Risks
Costs of Prescribing
higher than average Average for
this specialty
in New York
lower than average

Antipsychotics

0% of this provider’s 1,192 patients who are 65 and older filled at least one prescription for an antipsychotic drug, compared to an average of 0%.

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Antibiotics

1% of this provider’s 1,223 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 3%.

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

This provider prescribed potentially inappropriate drugs to at least one but fewer than 11 patients who are 65 and older, so Medicare redacted the exact figure. Comparisons are not shown.

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Opioids

0% of this provider’s 1,223 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 1%.

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Brand Name Drugs

82% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 57%.

Prescription Price

$139 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $119 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

8 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 5.


How This Provider’s Patients Compare

Doctors often say their patients are sicker or more complex than those of their peers. The measure displayed below, used by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, takes into account patients’ characteristics to estimate whether they are expected to have above-average Medicare spending. It considers patients’ age, sex, diagnoses from the past year and other factors. This provider’s score below takes into account all patients.

This Provider's History

A comparison of this provider’s prescribing in Part D since 2012. All years may not be shown if there is insufficient data.

Cost of Claims

$759K

2012

$1.18M

2013

$1.19M

2014

$1.31M

2015

Number of Claims

7,697

2012

10,829

2013

10,024

2014

9,388

2015

This Prescriber's Drugs

The table below list this provider’s drugs, the number of prescriptions and how many went to seniors. Drugs are ranked by volume and compared with the rank for all providers in the same specialty and state. The list below includes only those drugs for which this provider wrote 50 or more prescriptions.

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An opioid drug. More » Prescription opioids (painkillers) can help alleviate certain kinds of pain in the short term but carry serious health risks.

A

An antibiotic drug. More » Used to treat bacterial infections but are often prescribed incorrectly to treat viral infections, such as chest colds or the flu.

P

An antipsychotic drug. More » Antipsychotics are frequently given to dementia patients, though it increases their risk of death.

R

A risky drug for seniors. More » The American Geriatrics Society has said this drug is "potentially dangerous" for seniors and might be inappropriate.

10

This provider is among the top 10 prescribers of this drug in the country.

This provider’s prescriptions for this drug were for more days than those of peers. More » Because of this, his or her prescription count may be lower.

This provider’s prescriptions for this drug were for fewer days than those of peers. More » Because of this, his or her prescription count may be higher.

This Drug's Rank
Drug Name Total Prescriptions Filled with Refills Prescriptions
to 65+
Patients Receiving this Drug Category For this Prescriber For this Prescriber's Peers
PATADAY

Treats itching or watering ... +

Treats itching or watering of eyes caused by allergies. Source: National Library of Medicine

1,114

prescriptions, 12% of all prescriptions

1,084

prescriptions.

270

patients, 22% of all patients

1 12
RESTASIS

Treats chronic dry eye dise... +

Treats chronic dry eye disease by increasing the amount of tears in your eyes. Source: National Library of Medicine

939

prescriptions, 10% of all prescriptions

917

prescriptions.

196

patients, 16% of all patients

2 8
NEOMYCIN-POLYMYXIN-DEXAMETH

Dexamethasone reduces the i... +

Dexamethasone reduces the irritation, redness, burning, and swelling of eye caused by chemicals, heat, radiation, infection, allergy, or foreign bodies in the eye. Source: National Library of Medicine

870

prescriptions, 9% of all prescriptions

857

prescriptions.

379

patients, 31% of all patients

10 3 19
ILEVRO

Used to treat eye pain, red... +

Used to treat eye pain, redness, and swelling in patients who are recovering from cataract surgery (procedure to treat clouding of the lens in the eye). Source: National Library of Medicine

747

prescriptions, 8% of all prescriptions

742

prescriptions.

327

patients, 27% of all patients

4 16
BESIVANCE

Treats bacterial conjunctiv... +

Treats bacterial conjunctivitis (pink eye). Source: National Library of Medicine

650

prescriptions, 7% of all prescriptions

645

prescriptions.

283

patients, 23% of all patients

10 5 21
TIMOLOL MALEATE

Ophthalmic timolol is used ... +

Ophthalmic timolol is used to treat glaucoma, a condition in which increased pressure in the eye can lead to gradual loss of vision. Source: National Library of Medicine

558

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

553

prescriptions.

145

patients, 12% of all patients

6 5
PREDNISOLONE ACETATE

Ophthalmic prednisolone red... +

Ophthalmic prednisolone reduces the irritation, redness, burning, and swelling of eye inflammation caused by chemicals, heat, radiation, infection, allergy, or foreign bodies in the eye. Source: National Library of Medicine

500

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

495

prescriptions.

268

patients, 22% of all patients

7 2
LATANOPROST

Latanoprost ophthalmic is u... +

Latanoprost ophthalmic is used to treat glaucoma (a condition in which increased pressure in the eye can lead to gradual loss of vision) and ocular hypertension (a condition which causes increased pressure in the eye). Source: National Library of Medicine

415

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

410

prescriptions.

75

patients, 6% of all patients

8 1
DUREZOL

Used to treat eye swelling ... +

Used to treat eye swelling and pain after eye surgery. Source: National Library of Medicine

375

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

375

prescriptions.

164

patients, 13% of all patients

9 14
LOTEMAX

Reduces both internal and e... +

Reduces both internal and external inflammation of the eye. Source: National Library of Medicine

339

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

334

prescriptions.

140

patients, 11% of all patients

10 22
TRAVATAN Z

Reduces pressure inside the... +

Reduces pressure inside the eye that is caused by glaucoma or ocular hypertension (high blood pressure in the eye). Source: National Library of Medicine

294

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

294

prescriptions.

59

patients, 5% of all patients

11 6
COMBIGAN

Treats increased pressure i... +

Treats increased pressure in the eye that is caused by glaucoma or a condition called ocular (eye) hypertension. Source: National Library of Medicine

265

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

265

prescriptions.

53

patients, 4% of all patients

12 7
ALPHAGAN P

Treats increased pressure i... +

Treats increased pressure in the eye caused by open-angle glaucoma or a condition called hypertension of the eye (ocular hypertension). Source: National Library of Medicine

216

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

216

prescriptions.

47

patients, 4% of all patients

13 9
VIGAMOX

Treats eye infections that ... +

Treats eye infections that are caused by bacteria. Source: National Library of Medicine

212

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

207

prescriptions.

133

patients, 11% of all patients

14 15
OFLOXACIN

Used to treat bacterial inf... +

Used to treat bacterial infections of the eye, such as conjunctivitis and corneal ulcers. Source: National Library of Medicine

193

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

188

prescriptions.

87

patients, 7% of all patients

A 15 13
AZOPT

Treats increased pressure i... +

Treats increased pressure in the eye that is caused by glaucoma or a condition called ocular hypertension. Source: National Library of Medicine

186

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

186

prescriptions.

53

patients, 4% of all patients

16 18
PAZEO 149

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

144

prescriptions.

66

patients, 5% of all patients

10 17 58
ERYTHROMYCIN*

Treats eye infections. Belo... +

Treats eye infections. Source: National Library of Medicine

134

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

129

prescriptions.

49

patients, 4% of all patients

A 18 20
LUMIGAN

The eyedrop reduces pressur... +

The eyedrop reduces pressure inside the eye that is caused by glaucoma or ocular (eye) hypertension. Source: National Library of Medicine

107

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

107

prescriptions.

22

patients, 2% of all patients

19 3
DORZOLAMIDE HCL

Ophthalmic dorzolamide is u... +

Ophthalmic dorzolamide is used to treat glaucoma, a condition in which increased pressure in the eye can lead to gradual loss of vision. Source: National Library of Medicine

99

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

99

prescriptions.

22

patients, 2% of all patients

20 17
BACITRACIN 97

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

92

prescriptions.

54

patients, 4% of all patients

21 35
DORZOLAMIDE-TIMOLOL

The combination of dorzolam... +

The combination of dorzolamide and timolol is used to treat eye conditions, including glaucoma and ocular hypertension, in which increased pressure can lead to a gradual loss of vision. Source: National Library of Medicine

97

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

97

prescriptions.

32

patients, 3% of all patients

21 4
NEVANAC 82

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

82

prescriptions.

68

patients, 6% of all patients

23 34
ALREX 72

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

72

prescriptions.

30

patients, 2% of all patients

24 47
KETOROLAC TROMETHAMINE

Ketorolac is used to reliev... +

Ketorolac is used to relieve moderately severe pain, usually after surgery. Source: National Library of Medicine

68

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

63

prescriptions.

39

patients, 3% of all patients

R 25 10
PROLENSA

Used to treat pain or swell... +

Used to treat pain or swelling of the eye following cataract surgery. Source: National Library of Medicine

61

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

61

prescriptions.

37

patients, 3% of all patients

26 25
BRIMONIDINE TARTRATE

Ophthalmic brimonidine is u... +

Ophthalmic brimonidine is used to lower pressure in the eyes in patients who have glaucoma (high pressure in the eyes that may damage nerves and cause vision loss) and ocular hypertension (pressure in the eyes that is higher than normal but not high enough to cause vision loss). Source: National Library of Medicine

52

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

11

patients, 1% of all patients

27 11
About This Data

Prescribing data from Medicare’s prescription drug benefit, known as Part D, was compiled and released by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the federal agency that oversees the program. The data for 2015 includes more than 1.4 billion prescriptions written by nearly 1.4 million doctors, nurses and other providers. This database lists about 447,000 of those providers who wrote 50 or more prescriptions for at least one drug that year. More than three-fourths of these prescriptions went to patients 65 and older; the rest were for disabled patients. Methodology »

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Caveats
  • No comparisons are shown if there are fewer than 20 prescribers in the state share this specialty.
  • Comparisons do not take into account the medical conditions of patients. Medications for certain conditions do not have generic alternatives, so patients would receive more expensive brand name drugs.
  • This provider's address and specialty information was last updated on Jan. 20, 2012.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.
  • In rare circumstances, providers' prescription tallies may be inflated. Sometimes providers are credited with prescriptions written by colleagues (this happens in long-term care facilities) or are victims of fraud involving theft of their provider number.