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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Ophthalmology

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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22,328Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 3 out of 1774

$4.12M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 3 out of 1774

2,828 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
99% Patients 65 Years and Older

91% 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 2,793 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 2,828 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

0% of this provider’s 2,828 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 2%.

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Brand Name Drugs

63% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 50%.

Prescription Price

$185 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $100 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

8 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

$1.92M

2012

$2.82M

2013

$3.25M

2014

$4.12M

2015

Number of Claims

16,988

2012

20,389

2013

20,468

2014

22,328

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
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

5,067

prescriptions, 23% of all prescriptions

5,048

prescriptions.

1,191

patients, 42% of all patients

10 1 6
PATADAY

Treats itching or watering ... +

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

2,229

prescriptions, 10% of all prescriptions

2,209

prescriptions.

699

patients, 25% of all patients

10 2 9
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

2,194

prescriptions, 10% of all prescriptions

2,189

prescriptions.

369

patients, 13% of all patients

3 1
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

1,797

prescriptions, 8% of all prescriptions

1,792

prescriptions.

415

patients, 15% of all patients

10 4 3
OMEGA-3 ACID ETHYL ESTERS

Omega-3 fatty acids are use... +

Omega-3 fatty acids are used together with lifestyle changes (diet, weight-loss, exercise) to reduce the amount of triglycerides (a fat-like substance) in the blood in people with very high triglycerides. Source: National Library of Medicine

1,747

prescriptions, 8% of all prescriptions

1,742

prescriptions.

337

patients, 12% of all patients

10 5 34
TOBRAMYCIN-DEXAMETHASONE

Tobramycin and dexamethason... +

Tobramycin and dexamethasone is a combination of an antibiotic and a corticosteroid. Source: National Library of Medicine

994

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

989

prescriptions.

688

patients, 24% of all patients

10 6 26
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

783

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

778

prescriptions.

177

patients, 6% of all patients

7 5
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

725

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

720

prescriptions.

399

patients, 14% of all patients

8 17
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

496

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

477

prescriptions.

87

patients, 3% of all patients

9 11
DUREZOL

Used to treat eye swelling ... +

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

407

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

407

prescriptions.

250

patients, 9% of all patients

10 21
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

396

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

391

prescriptions.

279

patients, 10% of all patients

11 2
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

380

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

375

prescriptions.

69

patients, 2% of all patients

12 4
ERYTHROMYCIN*

Treats eye infections. Belo... +

Treats eye infections. Source: National Library of Medicine

357

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

352

prescriptions.

209

patients, 7% of all patients

A 13 16
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

326

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

326

prescriptions.

59

patients, 2% of all patients

14 7
PAZEO 310

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

305

prescriptions.

185

patients, 7% of all patients

10 15 43
VIGAMOX

Treats eye infections that ... +

Treats eye infections that are caused by bacteria. Source: National Library of Medicine

296

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

291

prescriptions.

206

patients, 7% of all patients

16 14
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

295

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

295

prescriptions.

59

patients, 2% of all patients

17 13
PROLENSA

Used to treat pain or swell... +

Used to treat pain or swelling of the eye following cataract surgery. Source: National Library of Medicine

287

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

282

prescriptions.

147

patients, 5% of all patients

18 25
GATIFLOXACIN 282

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

277

prescriptions.

171

patients, 6% of all patients

19 37
ZIOPTAN 265

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

265

prescriptions.

42

patients, 1% of all patients

10 20 44
LOTEMAX

Reduces both internal and e... +

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

264

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

259

prescriptions.

204

patients, 7% of all patients

21 23
OFLOXACIN

Used to treat bacterial inf... +

Used to treat bacterial infections of the eye, such as conjunctivitis and corneal ulcers. Source: National Library of Medicine

236

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

231

prescriptions.

169

patients, 6% of all patients

A 22 10
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

230

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

230

prescriptions.

50

patients, 2% of all patients

23 20
TIMOPTIC OCUDOSE 186

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

186

prescriptions.

35

patients, 1% of all patients

10 24 68
TOBRADEX 172

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

167

prescriptions.

114

patients, 4% of all patients

25 47
COSOPT PF 161

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

161

prescriptions.

28

patients, 1% of all patients

10 26 53
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

127

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

127

prescriptions.

29

patients, 1% of all patients

27 8
PATANOL

Treats itching or watering ... +

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

126

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

121

prescriptions.

37

patients, 1% of all patients

28 27
BEPREVE 85

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

80

prescriptions.

36

patients, 1% of all patients

29 36
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

70

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

70

prescriptions.

60

patients, 2% of all patients

30 18
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

68

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

63

prescriptions.

24

patients, 1% of all patients

A 31 46
LOVAZA 68

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

68

prescriptions.

54

patients, 2% of all patients

31 67
FLUOROMETHOLONE

Treats eye conditions cause... +

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

59

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

54

prescriptions.

54

patients, 2% of all patients

33 31
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

58

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

53

prescriptions.

34

patients, 1% of all patients

34 35
SIMBRINZA 50

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

13

patients, 0% of all patients

35 32
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 Oct. 6, 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.