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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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4,361Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 4 out of 28 providers in this state and specialty

$193K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 45 out of 28 providers in this state and specialty

664 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
94% Patients 65 Years and Older

26% 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 Washington
lower than average

Antipsychotics

0% of this provider’s 625 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 664 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 3%.

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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

28% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 44%.

Prescription Price

$44 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $82 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

$125K

2014

$158K

2015

$193K

2016

Number of Claims

2,819

2014

3,620

2015

4,361

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 1,491

prescriptions, 34% of all prescriptions

1,412

prescriptions.

299

patients, 45% of all patients

1 1
TIMOLOL MALEATE 534

prescriptions, 12% of all prescriptions

519

prescriptions.

136

patients, 20% of all patients

2 3
PREDNISOLONE ACETATE 390

prescriptions, 9% of all prescriptions

372

prescriptions.

225

patients, 34% of all patients

3 2
BRIMONIDINE TARTRATE 363

prescriptions, 8% of all prescriptions

351

prescriptions.

92

patients, 14% of all patients

4 8
KETOROLAC TROMETHAMINE 317

prescriptions, 7% of all prescriptions

304

prescriptions.

192

patients, 29% of all patients

5 4
OFLOXACIN 271

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

257

prescriptions.

193

patients, 29% of all patients

A 6 5
DORZOLAMIDE-TIMOLOL 174

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

169

prescriptions.

42

patients, 6% of all patients

7 6
DORZOLAMIDE HCL 159

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

154

prescriptions.

47

patients, 7% of all patients

8 13
TRAVATAN Z 112

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

95

prescriptions.

21

patients, 3% of all patients

9 9
COMBIGAN 95

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

81

prescriptions.

18

patients, 3% of all patients

10 11
ALPHAGAN P 80

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

80

prescriptions.

15

patients, 2% of all patients

11 16
AZOPT 72

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

72

prescriptions.

14

patients, 2% of all patients

12 23
LUMIGAN 61

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

61

prescriptions.

15

patients, 2% of all patients

13 7
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 24, 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.