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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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14,238Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 2 out of 1254

$2.17M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 1 out of 1254

2,511 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 New York
lower than average

Antipsychotics

0% of this provider’s 2,433 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 2,511 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 2,433 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 2,511 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 1%.

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Brand Name Drugs

85% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 57%.

Prescription Price

$152 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $119 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 2012. All years may not be shown if there is insufficient data.

Cost of Claims

$2.68M

2012

$2.74M

2013

$2.53M

2014

$2.17M

2015

Number of Claims

22,367

2012

23,017

2013

18,480

2014

14,238

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

1,704

prescriptions, 12% of all prescriptions

1,640

prescriptions.

472

patients, 19% of all patients

1 12
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

1,317

prescriptions, 9% of all prescriptions

1,270

prescriptions.

682

patients, 27% of all patients

2 2
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

1,218

prescriptions, 9% of all prescriptions

1,197

prescriptions.

613

patients, 24% of all patients

3 5
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

1,155

prescriptions, 8% of all prescriptions

1,125

prescriptions.

531

patients, 21% of all patients

10 4 16
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

1,104

prescriptions, 8% of all prescriptions

1,078

prescriptions.

384

patients, 15% of all patients

5 8
DUREZOL

Used to treat eye swelling ... +

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

951

prescriptions, 7% of all prescriptions

924

prescriptions.

395

patients, 16% of all patients

10 6 14
VIGAMOX

Treats eye infections that ... +

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

805

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

785

prescriptions.

311

patients, 12% of all patients

7 15
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL

Ciprofloxacin is used to tr... +

Ciprofloxacin is used to treat or prevent certain infections caused by bacteria. Source: National Library of Medicine

744

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

717

prescriptions.

378

patients, 15% of all patients

A 8 23
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

628

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

623

prescriptions.

199

patients, 8% of all patients

9 9
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

564

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

553

prescriptions.

186

patients, 7% of all patients

10 4
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

412

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

407

prescriptions.

114

patients, 5% of all patients

11 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

375

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

375

prescriptions.

85

patients, 3% of all patients

12 6
KETOROLAC TROMETHAMINE

Ketorolac is used to reliev... +

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

348

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

333

prescriptions.

208

patients, 8% of all patients

R 13 10
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

337

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

332

prescriptions.

175

patients, 7% of all patients

14 18
SIMBRINZA 333

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

333

prescriptions.

113

patients, 5% of all patients

10 15 31
PATANOL

Treats itching or watering ... +

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

331

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

311

prescriptions.

120

patients, 5% of all patients

16 27
LOTEMAX

Reduces both internal and e... +

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

231

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

210

prescriptions.

143

patients, 6% of all patients

17 22
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

222

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

210

prescriptions.

72

patients, 3% of all patients

18 11
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

210

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

210

prescriptions.

57

patients, 2% of all patients

19 3
TOBRADEX 168

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

163

prescriptions.

107

patients, 4% of all patients

20 42
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

152

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

152

prescriptions.

40

patients, 2% of all patients

21 7
FLUOROMETHOLONE

Treats eye conditions cause... +

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

128

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

123

prescriptions.

94

patients, 4% of all patients

22 30
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

119

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

114

prescriptions.

51

patients, 2% of all patients

23 26
ISTALOL 113

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

108

prescriptions.

50

patients, 2% of all patients

10 24 57
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

89

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

84

prescriptions.

61

patients, 2% of all patients

25 19
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

70

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

70

prescriptions.

30

patients, 1% of all patients

26 17
NEVANAC 68

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

68

prescriptions.

41

patients, 2% of all patients

27 34
TOBRAMYCIN-DEXAMETHASONE

Tobramycin and dexamethason... +

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

53

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

48

prescriptions.

44

patients, 2% of all patients

28 24
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 May 21, 2008.
  • 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.