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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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7,332Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 44 out of 1774

$1.17M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 33 out of 1774

671 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
98% Patients 65 Years and Older

94% 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 655 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 671 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 655 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 671 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 2%.

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Brand Name Drugs

80% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 50%.

Prescription Price

$159 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $100 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

11 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

$903K

2012

$960K

2013

$1.04M

2014

$1.17M

2015

Number of Claims

8,311

2012

8,325

2013

7,876

2014

7,332

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

1,724

prescriptions, 24% of all prescriptions

1,695

prescriptions.

206

patients, 31% of all patients

1 9
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

826

prescriptions, 11% of all prescriptions

809

prescriptions.

91

patients, 14% of all patients

2 6
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

680

prescriptions, 9% of all prescriptions

680

prescriptions.

82

patients, 12% of all patients

3 4
LOTEMAX

Reduces both internal and e... +

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

417

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

412

prescriptions.

90

patients, 13% of all patients

4 23
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

405

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

405

prescriptions.

49

patients, 7% of all patients

5 1
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

392

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

376

prescriptions.

49

patients, 7% of all patients

6 7
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

389

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

384

prescriptions.

203

patients, 30% of all patients

7 18
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

361

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

356

prescriptions.

53

patients, 8% of all patients

8 3
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

284

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

284

prescriptions.

39

patients, 6% of all patients

9 13
PATANOL

Treats itching or watering ... +

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

225

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

220

prescriptions.

26

patients, 4% of all patients

10 27
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

156

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

151

prescriptions.

21

patients, 3% of all patients

11 8
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

151

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

151

prescriptions.

17

patients, 3% of all patients

12 20
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

134

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

134

prescriptions.

64

patients, 10% of all patients

13 17
PAZEO 114

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

109

prescriptions.

40

patients, 6% of all patients

14 43
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

96

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

96

prescriptions.

15

patients, 2% of all patients

15 11
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

83

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

78

prescriptions.

18

patients, 3% of all patients

16 5
PROLENSA

Used to treat pain or swell... +

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

80

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

75

prescriptions.

22

patients, 3% of all patients

17 25
ALREX 71

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

71

prescriptions.

11

patients, 2% of all patients

18 45
KETOROLAC TROMETHAMINE

Ketorolac is used to reliev... +

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

63

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

63

prescriptions.

35

patients, 5% of all patients

R 19 12
ERYTHROMYCIN*

Treats eye infections. Belo... +

Treats eye infections. Source: National Library of Medicine

56

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

56

prescriptions.

17

patients, 3% of all patients

A 20 16
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 Nov. 1, 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.