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Prescriber Checkup

MITSUGU SHIMMYO M.D.

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2011

Ophthalmology

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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6,575Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 10 out of 1081

$920K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 5 out of 1081

585 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
92%Patients 65 Years and Older
93% 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
Average for
this specialty
in New York

Narcotics

N/A

Antipsychotics to Seniors

N/A

Risky Drugs to Seniors

5% of this provider’s 6,145 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

83% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 55%.

Prescription Price

$140 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $91 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

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


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This Prescriber's Drugs

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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.

N

A narcotic drug. More » Misuse and abuse of narcotics led to some 16,000 overdose deaths in 2010.

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
Including Refills
Prescriptions
to 65+
Category For this Prescriber For All Prescribers in
This Specialty in New York
BROMDAY 902 846 10 1 19
RESTASIS

Treats chronic dry eye dise... +

Treats chronic dry eye disease by increasing the amount of tears in your eyes. More info »

806 736 2 10
PATADAY

Treats itching or watering ... +

Treats itching or watering of eyes caused by allergies. More info »

686 632 3 14
NEVANAC

Treats eye pain and swellin... +

Treats eye pain and swelling after cataract surgery. This medicine is a topical nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). More info »

591 568 10 4 16
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). More info »

456 438 5 2
KETOROLAC TROMETHAMINE

Ketorolac is used to reliev... +

Ketorolac is used to relieve moderately severe pain, usually after surgery. Ketorolac is in a class of medications called NSAIDs. It works by stopping the body's production of a substance that causes pain, fever, and inflammation. More info »

341 316 R 6 12
AZASITE

AzaSite is a prescription s... +

AzaSite is a prescription sterile eye drop solution. AzaSite is used to treat bacterial conjunctivitis which is an infection of the eye caused by certain bacteria. More info »

318 298 7 20
LUMIGAN

The eyedrop reduces pressur... +

The eyedrop reduces pressure inside the eye that is caused by glaucoma or ocular (eye) hypertension. More info »

265 256 8 3
COMBIGAN

Treats increased pressure i... +

Treats increased pressure in the eye that is caused by glaucoma or a condition called ocular (eye) hypertension. More info »

254 244 9 9
XIBROM

Treats pain and swelling of... +

Treats pain and swelling of the eye after cataract surgery. This medicine is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). More info »

247 223 10 10 39
AZOPT

Treats increased pressure i... +

Treats increased pressure in the eye that is caused by glaucoma or a condition called ocular hypertension. More info »

152 145 11 15
BEPREVE 151 133 12 37
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. Timolol is in a class of medications called beta-blockers. It works by decreasing the pressure in the eye. More info »

149 144 13 6
LATANOPROST 142 134 14 1
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). More info »

120 106 15 8
PATANOL

Treats itching or watering ... +

Treats itching or watering of eyes caused by allergies. More info »

87 81 16 17
XALATAN

Treats glaucoma. +

Treats glaucoma. More info »

87 85 16 11
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. Dorzolamide is in a class of medications called carbonic anhydrase inhibitors. It works by decreasing the pressure in the eye. More info »

78 67 18 22
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE

Doxycycline is used to trea... +

Doxycycline is used to treat bacterial infections, including pneumonia and other respiratory tract infections; Lyme disease; acne; infections of skin, genital, and urinary systems; and anthrax (after inhalational exposure). It is also used to prevent malaria. Doxycycline is in a class of medications called tetracycline antibiotics. It works by preventing the growth and spread of bacteria. Antibiotics will not work for colds, flu, or other viral infections. More info »

53 41 19 50
About This Data

ProPublica obtained prescribing data from Medicare’s prescription drug benefit, known as Part D, under the Freedom of Information Act. The data for 2011 includes nearly 1.2 billion prescriptions written by 1.6 million doctors, nurses and other providers. This database lists about 364,000 of those providers who wrote 50 or more prescriptions for at least one drug that year. About three-fourths went to patients 65 and older; the rest were for disabled patients. Methodology »

Caveats
  • No comparisons are shown if 10 or fewer prescribers in the state share this specialty.
  • The list of top drugs includes only those for which this provider wrote 50 or more prescriptions, but all prescriptions are counted in the summary totals at the top.
  • The calculation of “Risky Drugs to Seniors” does not include drugs for which a provider wrote 11 or fewer prescriptions because Medicare redacted the information to protect patient privacy.
  • 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 July 8, 2007.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.
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