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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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8,460Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 6 out of 132 providers in this state and specialty

$449K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 83 out of 132 providers in this state and specialty

1,196 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
96% Patients 65 Years and Older

18% 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 Texas
lower than average

Antipsychotics

0% of this provider’s 1,145 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 1,196 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

32% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 55%.

Prescription Price

$53 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $117 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

$476K

2014

$441K

2015

$449K

2016

Number of Claims

8,412

2014

8,558

2015

8,460

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 3,504

prescriptions, 41% of all prescriptions

3,417

prescriptions.

670

patients, 56% of all patients

1 1
TIMOLOL MALEATE 1,316

prescriptions, 16% of all prescriptions

1,276

prescriptions.

412

patients, 34% of all patients

2 5
PREDNISOLONE ACETATE 579

prescriptions, 7% of all prescriptions

545

prescriptions.

307

patients, 26% of all patients

3 2
DORZOLAMIDE-TIMOLOL 570

prescriptions, 7% of all prescriptions

527

prescriptions.

163

patients, 14% of all patients

4 4
BRIMONIDINE TARTRATE 417

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

397

prescriptions.

115

patients, 10% of all patients

5 9
TRAVATAN Z 288

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

283

prescriptions.

76

patients, 6% of all patients

6 6
LUMIGAN 285

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

280

prescriptions.

79

patients, 7% of all patients

7 3
DORZOLAMIDE HCL 281

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

276

prescriptions.

80

patients, 7% of all patients

8 15
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 201

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

196

prescriptions.

165

patients, 14% of all patients

A 9 18
COMBIGAN 197

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

184

prescriptions.

54

patients, 5% of all patients

10 7
AZOPT 136

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

125

prescriptions.

44

patients, 4% of all patients

11 23
CARTEOLOL HCL 128

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

128

prescriptions.

41

patients, 3% of all patients

12 65
BESIVANCE 92

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

87

prescriptions.

76

patients, 6% of all patients

13 16
MINOCYCLINE HCL 69

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

64

prescriptions.

20

patients, 2% of all patients

A 14 50
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 10, 2017.
  • 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.