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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Ophthalmology

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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4,235Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 146 out of 1774

$645K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 89 out of 1774

721 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
90% 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
higher than average Average for
this specialty
in California
lower than average

Antipsychotics

0% of this provider’s 650 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

2% of this provider’s 721 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

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

77% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 50%.

Prescription Price

$152 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $100 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 2012. All years may not be shown if there is insufficient data.

Cost of Claims

$431K

2012

$505K

2013

$573K

2014

$645K

2015

Number of Claims

4,045

2012

4,025

2013

3,851

2014

4,235

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

908

prescriptions, 21% of all prescriptions

876

prescriptions.

185

patients, 26% of all patients

1 9
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

368

prescriptions, 9% of all prescriptions

326

prescriptions.

179

patients, 25% of all patients

2 17
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

226

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

212

prescriptions.

56

patients, 8% of all patients

3 4
PAZEO 219

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

214

prescriptions.

106

patients, 15% of all patients

10 4 43
DUREZOL

Used to treat eye swelling ... +

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

203

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

184

prescriptions.

121

patients, 17% of all patients

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

171

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

157

prescriptions.

45

patients, 6% of all patients

6 3
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

148

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

136

prescriptions.

93

patients, 13% of all patients

7 2
SIMBRINZA 140

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

135

prescriptions.

36

patients, 5% of all patients

8 32
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

130

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

125

prescriptions.

39

patients, 5% of all patients

9 5
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

129

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

124

prescriptions.

26

patients, 4% of all patients

10 7
AZELASTINE HCL

Used to treat hay fever and... +

Used to treat hay fever and allergy symptoms including runny nose, sneezing, and itchy nose. Source: National Library of Medicine

127

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

122

prescriptions.

40

patients, 6% of all patients

11 35
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

120

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

103

prescriptions.

33

patients, 5% of all patients

12 1
BESIVANCE

Treats bacterial conjunctiv... +

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

118

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

107

prescriptions.

98

patients, 14% of all patients

13 28
ERYTHROMYCIN*

Treats eye infections. Belo... +

Treats eye infections. Source: National Library of Medicine

105

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

91

prescriptions.

46

patients, 6% of all patients

A 14 16
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

102

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

102

prescriptions.

29

patients, 4% of all patients

15 13
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

80

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

67

prescriptions.

62

patients, 9% of all patients

16 18
TOBRADEX ST 77

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

72

prescriptions.

67

patients, 9% of all patients

10 17 77
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

70

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

65

prescriptions.

24

patients, 3% of all patients

18 6
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

68

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

63

prescriptions.

19

patients, 3% of all patients

19 20
BACITRACIN 67

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

62

prescriptions.

34

patients, 5% of all patients

20 40
KETOROLAC TROMETHAMINE

Ketorolac is used to reliev... +

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

65

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

60

prescriptions.

46

patients, 6% of all patients

R 21 12
ISTALOL 59

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

59

prescriptions.

24

patients, 3% of all patients

22 69
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 Dec. 5, 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.
  • 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.