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The Doctors and Drugs in Medicare Part D

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Ophthalmology

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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4,256Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 100 out of 1254

$460K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 122 out of 1254

632 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
87% Patients 65 Years and Older

34% 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 551 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

3% of this provider’s 632 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 3%.

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

0% of this provider’s 551 patients who are 65 and older filled at least one prescription for a potentially inappropriate drug, compared to an average of 0%.

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Opioids

0% of this provider’s 632 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 1%.

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Brand Name Drugs

59% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 57%.

Prescription Price

$108 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $119 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

7 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

$289K

2012

$339K

2013

$394K

2014

$460K

2015

Number of Claims

3,449

2012

3,975

2013

3,804

2014

4,256

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
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

553

prescriptions, 13% of all prescriptions

457

prescriptions.

206

patients, 33% of all patients

1 2
FLUOROMETHOLONE

Treats eye conditions cause... +

Treats eye conditions caused by inflammation (swelling). Source: National Library of Medicine

461

prescriptions, 11% of all prescriptions

420

prescriptions.

94

patients, 15% of all patients

2 30
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

413

prescriptions, 10% of all prescriptions

355

prescriptions.

92

patients, 15% of all patients

3 1
VALACYCLOVIR

Treats herpes virus infecti... +

Treats herpes virus infections, including shingles (herpes zoster), cold sores (herpes labialis), and genital herpes (herpes simplex) in adults. Source: National Library of Medicine

392

prescriptions, 9% of all prescriptions

324

prescriptions.

46

patients, 7% of all patients

10 4 40
POLYMYXIN B SUL-TRIMETHOPRIM

Used as an antimicrobial so... +

Used as an antimicrobial solution for the eye. Source: National Library of Medicine

242

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

206

prescriptions.

154

patients, 24% of all patients

5 38
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

210

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

174

prescriptions.

39

patients, 6% of all patients

6 11
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

194

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

163

prescriptions.

39

patients, 6% of all patients

7 6
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

173

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

127

prescriptions.

60

patients, 9% of all patients

8 8
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

172

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

151

prescriptions.

31

patients, 5% of all patients

9 7
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

134

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

109

prescriptions.

35

patients, 6% of all patients

10 5
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

127

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

122

prescriptions.

47

patients, 7% of all patients

11 9
DUREZOL

Used to treat eye swelling ... +

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

123

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

111

prescriptions.

76

patients, 12% of all patients

12 14
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

118

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

99

prescriptions.

30

patients, 5% of all patients

13 3
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

107

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

102

prescriptions.

29

patients, 5% of all patients

14 18
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

88

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

83

prescriptions.

22

patients, 3% of all patients

15 4
PATADAY

Treats itching or watering ... +

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

87

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

82

prescriptions.

32

patients, 5% of all patients

16 12
TOBRAMYCIN

Used to treat serious bacte... +

Used to treat serious bacterial infections in many different parts of the body. Source: National Library of Medicine

60

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

55

prescriptions.

33

patients, 5% of all patients

17 36
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

57

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

45

prescriptions.

17

patients, 3% of all patients

18 17
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). Source: National Library of Medicine

57

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

39

prescriptions.

<11 A 18 41
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. 31, 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.