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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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28,312Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 1 out of 1774

$4.2M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 2 out of 1774

2,495 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
98% Patients 65 Years and Older

96% 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 2,437 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

1% of this provider’s 2,495 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

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

74% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 50%.

Prescription Price

$148 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

$2.32M

2012

$2.78M

2013

$3.36M

2014

$4.2M

2015

Number of Claims

20,255

2012

23,015

2013

25,921

2014

28,312

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
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

3,691

prescriptions, 13% of all prescriptions

3,599

prescriptions.

643

patients, 26% of all patients

10 1 7
PATADAY

Treats itching or watering ... +

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

3,380

prescriptions, 12% of all prescriptions

3,321

prescriptions.

751

patients, 30% of all patients

10 2 9
ERYTHROMYCIN*

Treats eye infections. Belo... +

Treats eye infections. Source: National Library of Medicine

2,561

prescriptions, 9% of all prescriptions

2,548

prescriptions.

847

patients, 34% of all patients

A 10 3 16
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

2,272

prescriptions, 8% of all prescriptions

2,207

prescriptions.

491

patients, 20% of all patients

10 4 20
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

1,958

prescriptions, 7% of all prescriptions

1,873

prescriptions.

339

patients, 14% of all patients

5 1
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

1,849

prescriptions, 7% of all prescriptions

1,810

prescriptions.

328

patients, 13% of all patients

6 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

1,493

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

1,472

prescriptions.

267

patients, 11% of all patients

7 6
PATANOL

Treats itching or watering ... +

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

1,300

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

1,295

prescriptions.

260

patients, 10% of all patients

10 8 27
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

1,198

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

1,148

prescriptions.

260

patients, 10% of all patients

10 9 11
SIMBRINZA 938

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

903

prescriptions.

180

patients, 7% of all patients

10 10 32
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

857

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

803

prescriptions.

246

patients, 10% of all patients

11 3
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

738

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

733

prescriptions.

158

patients, 6% of all patients

12 15
PILOCARPINE HCL

Pilocarpine is used to trea... +

Pilocarpine is used to treat dry mouth caused by radiotherapy in people with head and neck cancer and to treat dry mouth in people with Sjogren's syndrome (a condition that affects the immune system and causes dryness of certain parts of the body such as the eyes and mouth). Source: National Library of Medicine

608

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

592

prescriptions.

179

patients, 7% of all patients

10 13 41
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

574

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

569

prescriptions.

141

patients, 6% of all patients

14 35
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

555

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

550

prescriptions.

151

patients, 6% of all patients

15 5
NAPHAZOLINE HCL 546

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

541

prescriptions.

141

patients, 6% of all patients

10 16 24
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

451

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

446

prescriptions.

112

patients, 4% of all patients

17 8
ZIOPTAN 419

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

414

prescriptions.

80

patients, 3% of all patients

10 18 44
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

333

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

328

prescriptions.

260

patients, 10% of all patients

19 2
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

275

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

270

prescriptions.

55

patients, 2% of all patients

20 13
BEPREVE 201

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

196

prescriptions.

58

patients, 2% of all patients

21 36
BACITRACIN 198

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

198

prescriptions.

98

patients, 4% of all patients

22 40
METHAZOLAMIDE 186

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

181

prescriptions.

70

patients, 3% of all patients

10 23 59
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

179

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

174

prescriptions.

139

patients, 6% of all patients

24 18
KETOROLAC TROMETHAMINE

Ketorolac is used to reliev... +

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

173

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

173

prescriptions.

86

patients, 3% of all patients

R 25 12
LOTEMAX

Reduces both internal and e... +

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

155

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

150

prescriptions.

106

patients, 4% of all patients

26 23
ACETAZOLAMIDE

Treats glaucoma, certain ty... +

Treats glaucoma, certain types of epilepsy, mountain sickness, and other conditions. Source: National Library of Medicine

129

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

124

prescriptions.

49

patients, 2% of all patients

27 42
BESIVANCE

Treats bacterial conjunctiv... +

Treats bacterial conjunctivitis (pink eye). Source: National Library of Medicine

122

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

117

prescriptions.

90

patients, 4% of all patients

28 28
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

119

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

114

prescriptions.

82

patients, 3% of all patients

29 17
COSOPT PF 93

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

81

prescriptions.

21

patients, 1% of all patients

30 53
FLUOROMETHOLONE

Treats eye conditions cause... +

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

88

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

83

prescriptions.

75

patients, 3% of all patients

31 31
LEVOFLOXACIN

Levofloxacin is used to tre... +

Levofloxacin is used to treat certain infections such as pneumonia, chronic bronchitis and sinus, urinary tract, kidney, prostate (a male reproductive gland), and skin infections. Source: National Library of Medicine

77

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

72

prescriptions.

58

patients, 2% of all patients

A 32 73
DUREZOL

Used to treat eye swelling ... +

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

64

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

59

prescriptions.

41

patients, 2% of all patients

33 21
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

50

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

43

patients, 2% of all patients

A 34 10
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.