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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Ophthalmology

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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8,016Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 32 out of 1774

$974K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 41 out of 1774

1,578 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
97% Patients 65 Years and Older

90% 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 1,534 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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Risky Drugs for Seniors

0% of this provider’s 1,534 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

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

54% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 50%.

Prescription Price

$122 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $100 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

5 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

$368K

2012

$493K

2013

$736K

2014

$974K

2015

Number of Claims

4,412

2012

5,810

2013

7,025

2014

8,016

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

2,143

prescriptions, 27% of all prescriptions

2,078

prescriptions.

610

patients, 39% of all patients

10 1 9
NAPHAZOLINE HCL 1,505

prescriptions, 19% of all prescriptions

1,474

prescriptions.

517

patients, 33% of all patients

10 2 24
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

386

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

386

prescriptions.

136

patients, 9% of all patients

3 35
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

287

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

282

prescriptions.

86

patients, 5% of all patients

4 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

254

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

254

prescriptions.

66

patients, 4% of all patients

5 7
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

247

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

247

prescriptions.

74

patients, 5% of all patients

6 11
EPINASTINE HCL 245

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

245

prescriptions.

93

patients, 6% of all patients

10 7 54
ERYTHROMYCIN*

Treats eye infections. Belo... +

Treats eye infections. Source: National Library of Medicine

240

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

235

prescriptions.

130

patients, 8% of all patients

A 8 16
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

234

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

229

prescriptions.

72

patients, 5% of all patients

9 3
PATANOL

Treats itching or watering ... +

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

219

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

219

prescriptions.

37

patients, 2% of all patients

10 27
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

212

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

207

prescriptions.

144

patients, 9% of all patients

11 2
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

163

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

143

prescriptions.

97

patients, 6% of all patients

12 18
DICLOFENAC SODIUM

Diclofenac is used to relie... +

Diclofenac is used to relieve pain, tenderness, swelling, and stiffness caused by osteoarthritis (arthritis caused by a breakdown of the lining of the joints), rheumatoid arthritis (arthritis caused by swelling of the lining of the joints), and ankylosing spondylitis (arthritis that mainly affects the spine). Source: National Library of Medicine

157

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

157

prescriptions.

108

patients, 7% of all patients

13 19
TOBRAMYCIN-DEXAMETHASONE

Tobramycin and dexamethason... +

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

145

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

140

prescriptions.

104

patients, 7% of all patients

14 26
AK-POLY-BAC 141

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

136

prescriptions.

96

patients, 6% of all patients

10 15 83
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

139

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

134

prescriptions.

43

patients, 3% of all patients

16 4
TOBRADEX 133

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

133

prescriptions.

86

patients, 5% of all patients

17 47
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

126

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

121

prescriptions.

42

patients, 3% of all patients

18 8
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

119

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

114

prescriptions.

49

patients, 3% of all patients

19 6
PAZEO 115

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

110

prescriptions.

63

patients, 4% of all patients

20 43
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

110

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

105

prescriptions.

36

patients, 2% of all patients

21 15
VIGAMOX

Treats eye infections that ... +

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

107

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

107

prescriptions.

81

patients, 5% of all patients

22 14
BACITRACIN-POLYMYXIN 91

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

86

prescriptions.

61

patients, 4% of all patients

23 63
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

56

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

51

prescriptions.

40

patients, 3% of all patients

A 24 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 Feb. 17, 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.