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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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6,328Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 1 out of 32 providers in this state and specialty

$710K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 3 out of 32 providers in this state and specialty

961 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
89% Patients 65 Years and Older

75% 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 Maryland
lower than average

Antipsychotics

0% of this provider’s 852 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

52% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 52%.

Prescription Price

$112 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $127 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

7 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 4.


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

$607K

2014

$694K

2015

$710K

2016

Number of Claims

6,848

2014

6,916

2015

6,328

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 1,734

prescriptions, 27% of all prescriptions

1,525

prescriptions.

309

patients, 32% of all patients

1 1
LUMIGAN 754

prescriptions, 12% of all prescriptions

690

prescriptions.

158

patients, 16% of all patients

2 5
TIMOLOL MALEATE 516

prescriptions, 8% of all prescriptions

470

prescriptions.

106

patients, 11% of all patients

3 4
TRAVATAN Z 479

prescriptions, 8% of all prescriptions

454

prescriptions.

90

patients, 9% of all patients

4 6
RESTASIS 356

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

292

prescriptions.

104

patients, 11% of all patients

5 10
BRIMONIDINE TARTRATE 322

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

301

prescriptions.

53

patients, 6% of all patients

6 7
COMBIGAN 309

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

292

prescriptions.

56

patients, 6% of all patients

7 8
ALPHAGAN P 302

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

274

prescriptions.

71

patients, 7% of all patients

8 12
PREDNISOLONE ACETATE 277

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

259

prescriptions.

181

patients, 19% of all patients

9 2
PAZEO 257

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

223

prescriptions.

66

patients, 7% of all patients

10 24
DORZOLAMIDE-TIMOLOL 232

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

205

prescriptions.

56

patients, 6% of all patients

11 3
PATADAY 138

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

104

prescriptions.

36

patients, 4% of all patients

12 25
DORZOLAMIDE HCL 111

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

106

prescriptions.

25

patients, 3% of all patients

13 13
AZELASTINE HCL 69

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

57

prescriptions.

20

patients, 2% of all patients

14 44
SIMBRINZA 58

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

44

prescriptions.

13

patients, 1% of all patients

15 31
GENTAMICIN SULFATE 52

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

47

prescriptions.

45

patients, 5% of all patients

A 16 27
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 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.