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The Doctors and Drugs in Medicare Part D

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2016

Ophthalmology

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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3,912Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 191 out of 240 providers in this state and specialty

$376K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 248 out of 240 providers in this state and specialty

702 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
98% Patients 65 Years and Older

18% 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 California
lower than average

Antipsychotics

This provider prescribed antipsychotics 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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Antibiotics

This provider prescribed antibiotics to at least one but fewer than 11 patients, so Medicare redacted the exact figure. Comparisons are not shown.

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Opioids

This provider prescribed opioids to at least one but fewer than 11 patients, so Medicare redacted the exact figure. Comparisons are not shown.

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Brand Name Drugs

44% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 48%.

Prescription Price

$96 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $107 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

6 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 2014. All years may not be shown if there is insufficient data.

Cost of Claims

$266K

2014

$296K

2015

$376K

2016

Number of Claims

3,407

2014

3,501

2015

3,912

2016

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.

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
LATANOPROST 1,278

prescriptions, 33% of all prescriptions

1,244

prescriptions.

259

patients, 37% of all patients

1 1
PREDNISOLONE ACETATE 355

prescriptions, 9% of all prescriptions

350

prescriptions.

252

patients, 36% of all patients

2 2
DORZOLAMIDE-TIMOLOL 343

prescriptions, 9% of all prescriptions

331

prescriptions.

89

patients, 13% of all patients

3 4
TIMOLOL MALEATE 290

prescriptions, 7% of all prescriptions

285

prescriptions.

94

patients, 13% of all patients

4 3
VIGAMOX 196

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

191

prescriptions.

147

patients, 21% of all patients

5 15
LUMIGAN 174

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

169

prescriptions.

30

patients, 4% of all patients

6 5
DORZOLAMIDE HCL 165

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

160

prescriptions.

53

patients, 8% of all patients

7 14
TRAVATAN Z 130

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

130

prescriptions.

39

patients, 6% of all patients

8 7
OFLOXACIN 128

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

123

prescriptions.

105

patients, 15% of all patients

A 9 12
ALPHAGAN P 102

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

102

prescriptions.

26

patients, 4% of all patients

10 9
BRIMONIDINE TARTRATE 99

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

83

prescriptions.

24

patients, 3% of all patients

11 8
PROLENSA 99

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

99

prescriptions.

85

patients, 12% of all patients

11 25
AZOPT 78

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

73

prescriptions.

24

patients, 3% of all patients

13 22
COMBIGAN 77

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

62

prescriptions.

20

patients, 3% of all patients

14 13
RESTASIS 61

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

56

prescriptions.

25

patients, 4% of all patients

15 6
KETOROLAC TROMETHAMINE 53

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

48

prescriptions.

37

patients, 5% of all patients

16 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 2016 includes more than 1.5 billion prescriptions written by 1.1 million doctors, nurses and other providers. This database lists over 460,000 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 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.
  • 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.