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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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8,180Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 28 out of 1774

$596K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 97 out of 1774

1,575 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
96% Patients 65 Years and Older

70% 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 1,515 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

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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Risky Drugs for Seniors

0% of this provider’s 1,515 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

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

46% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 50%.

Prescription Price

$73 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $100 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

5 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

$602K

2012

$569K

2013

$576K

2014

$596K

2015

Number of Claims

8,253

2012

8,120

2013

8,365

2014

8,180

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
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

1,312

prescriptions, 16% of all prescriptions

1,300

prescriptions.

234

patients, 15% of all patients

1 1
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

1,216

prescriptions, 15% of all prescriptions

1,172

prescriptions.

494

patients, 31% of all patients

10 2 35
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

678

prescriptions, 8% of all prescriptions

654

prescriptions.

133

patients, 8% of all patients

3 3
KETOROLAC TROMETHAMINE

Ketorolac is used to reliev... +

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

649

prescriptions, 8% of all prescriptions

634

prescriptions.

270

patients, 17% of all patients

R 4 12
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

591

prescriptions, 7% of all prescriptions

573

prescriptions.

357

patients, 23% of all patients

5 2
PATADAY

Treats itching or watering ... +

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

397

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

372

prescriptions.

131

patients, 8% of all patients

6 9
PATANOL

Treats itching or watering ... +

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

385

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

371

prescriptions.

107

patients, 7% of all patients

7 27
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

367

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

351

prescriptions.

256

patients, 16% of all patients

8 18
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

320

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

296

prescriptions.

51

patients, 3% of all patients

9 7
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

300

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

279

prescriptions.

62

patients, 4% of all patients

10 8
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

274

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

262

prescriptions.

56

patients, 4% of all patients

11 5
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL

Ciprofloxacin is used to tr... +

Ciprofloxacin is used to treat or prevent certain infections caused by bacteria. Source: National Library of Medicine

264

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

259

prescriptions.

182

patients, 12% of all patients

A 12 22
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

229

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

224

prescriptions.

42

patients, 3% of all patients

13 4
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

184

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

179

prescriptions.

49

patients, 3% of all patients

14 6
FLUOROMETHOLONE

Treats eye conditions cause... +

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

163

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

151

prescriptions.

67

patients, 4% of all patients

15 31
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

139

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

134

prescriptions.

37

patients, 2% of all patients

16 15
NAPHAZOLINE HCL 99

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

94

prescriptions.

46

patients, 3% of all patients

17 24
ERYTHROMYCIN*

Treats eye infections. Belo... +

Treats eye infections. Source: National Library of Medicine

86

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

86

prescriptions.

22

patients, 1% of all patients

A 18 16
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

78

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

73

prescriptions.

14

patients, 1% of all patients

19 11
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

61

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

56

prescriptions.

17

patients, 1% of all patients

20 20
LOTEMAX

Reduces both internal and e... +

Reduces both internal and external inflammation of the eye. Source: National Library of Medicine

57

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

57

prescriptions.

14

patients, 1% of all patients

21 23
BEPREVE 50

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

45

prescriptions.

16

patients, 1% of all patients

22 36
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 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.