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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2011

Ophthalmology

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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10,961Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 9 out of 1600

$1.83M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 2 out of 1600

672 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
87%Patients 65 Years and Older
98% 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 California

Narcotics

2% of this provider’s 672 patients filled at least one prescription for a narcotic painkiller, compared to an average of 1%.

Antipsychotics to Seniors

N/A

Risky Drugs to Seniors

0% of this provider’s 9,957 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

96% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 46%.

Prescription Price

$167 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $80 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

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


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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.

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A

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 California
RESTASIS

Treats chronic dry eye dise... +

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

2,186 1,999 10 1 8
BEPREVE 2,099 1,895 10 2 34
BROMDAY 1,826 1,637 10 3 28
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 »

1,153 1,058 10 4 27
LUMIGAN

The eyedrop reduces pressur... +

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

697 611 5 5
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 »

603 563 6 17
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 »

439 430 10 7 42
AZOPT

Treats increased pressure i... +

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

303 279 8 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 »

180 161 9 19
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 »

163 146 10 3
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 »

134 125 11 11
PATANOL

Treats itching or watering ... +

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

96 93 12 16
DUREZOL 92 80 13 33
VIGAMOX

Treats eye infections that ... +

Treats eye infections that are caused by bacteria. This medicine is a fluoroquinolone (floor-oh-KWIN-oh-lone) antibiotic. More info »

88 82 14 9
PATADAY

Treats itching or watering ... +

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

84 70 15 12
ISTALOL 70 70 16 41
ELESTAT 53 51 17 39
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 Feb. 7, 2011.
  • 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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