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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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5,404Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 95 out of 240 providers in this state and specialty

$596K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 119 out of 240 providers in this state and specialty

838 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
88% Patients 65 Years and Older

59% 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 737 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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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

56% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 48%.

Prescription Price

$110 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

$393K

2014

$503K

2015

$596K

2016

Number of Claims

5,013

2014

5,464

2015

5,404

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 1,710

prescriptions, 32% of all prescriptions

1,518

prescriptions.

292

patients, 35% of all patients

1 1
LUMIGAN 545

prescriptions, 10% of all prescriptions

457

prescriptions.

117

patients, 14% of all patients

2 5
TRAVATAN Z 464

prescriptions, 9% of all prescriptions

410

prescriptions.

112

patients, 13% of all patients

3 7
ALPHAGAN P 418

prescriptions, 8% of all prescriptions

353

prescriptions.

78

patients, 9% of all patients

4 9
BRIMONIDINE TARTRATE 295

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

257

prescriptions.

67

patients, 8% of all patients

5 8
COMBIGAN 228

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

198

prescriptions.

55

patients, 7% of all patients

6 13
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 225

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

192

prescriptions.

157

patients, 19% of all patients

7 21
PREDNISOLONE ACETATE 220

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

184

prescriptions.

152

patients, 18% of all patients

8 2
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 213

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

175

prescriptions.

160

patients, 19% of all patients

A 9 23
TIMOLOL MALEATE 175

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

156

prescriptions.

46

patients, 5% of all patients

10 3
DORZOLAMIDE-TIMOLOL 146

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

141

prescriptions.

28

patients, 3% of all patients

11 4
AZOPT 102

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

97

prescriptions.

23

patients, 3% of all patients

12 22
DORZOLAMIDE HCL 94

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

67

prescriptions.

18

patients, 2% of all patients

13 14
PATADAY 80

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

62

prescriptions.

19

patients, 2% of all patients

14 10
RESTASIS 50

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

45

prescriptions.

22

patients, 3% of all patients

15 6
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 19, 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.