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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Ophthalmology

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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10,986Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 17 out of 1774

$1M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 39 out of 1774

1,563 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
86% Patients 65 Years and Older

51% 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 1,348 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 1,563 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

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

Prescription Price

$91 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $100 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

7 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

$772K

2012

$1.04M

2013

$1.06M

2014

$1M

2015

Number of Claims

8,730

2012

11,032

2013

10,995

2014

10,986

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
KETOROLAC TROMETHAMINE

Ketorolac is used to reliev... +

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

1,331

prescriptions, 12% of all prescriptions

1,145

prescriptions.

425

patients, 27% of all patients

R 10 1 12
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL

Ciprofloxacin is used to tr... +

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

1,035

prescriptions, 9% of all prescriptions

849

prescriptions.

418

patients, 27% of all patients

A 2 22
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

960

prescriptions, 9% of all prescriptions

835

prescriptions.

307

patients, 20% of all patients

10 3 15
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

893

prescriptions, 8% of all prescriptions

750

prescriptions.

283

patients, 18% of all patients

4 8
PROLENSA

Used to treat pain or swell... +

Used to treat pain or swelling of the eye following cataract surgery. Source: National Library of Medicine

838

prescriptions, 8% of all prescriptions

732

prescriptions.

283

patients, 18% of all patients

10 5 25
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

803

prescriptions, 7% of all prescriptions

682

prescriptions.

243

patients, 16% of all patients

6 5
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

647

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

561

prescriptions.

264

patients, 17% of all patients

7 2
SIMBRINZA 486

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

450

prescriptions.

158

patients, 10% of all patients

10 8 32
BESIVANCE

Treats bacterial conjunctiv... +

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

411

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

366

prescriptions.

153

patients, 10% of all patients

9 28
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

316

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

294

prescriptions.

100

patients, 6% of all patients

10 3
LOTEMAX

Reduces both internal and e... +

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

288

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

265

prescriptions.

106

patients, 7% of all patients

11 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

270

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

221

prescriptions.

79

patients, 5% of all patients

12 11
DUREZOL

Used to treat eye swelling ... +

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

260

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

240

prescriptions.

117

patients, 7% of all patients

13 21
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

260

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

218

prescriptions.

79

patients, 5% of all patients

13 13
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

222

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

202

prescriptions.

64

patients, 4% of all patients

15 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

193

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

151

prescriptions.

51

patients, 3% of all patients

16 1
VIGAMOX

Treats eye infections that ... +

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

170

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

165

prescriptions.

60

patients, 4% of all patients

17 14
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

168

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

148

prescriptions.

66

patients, 4% of all patients

18 7
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

147

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

108

prescriptions.

88

patients, 6% of all patients

19 18
NEVANAC 133

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

117

prescriptions.

32

patients, 2% of all patients

20 30
COSOPT PF 113

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

108

prescriptions.

31

patients, 2% of all patients

10 21 53
ACETAZOLAMIDE

Treats glaucoma, certain ty... +

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

101

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

85

prescriptions.

52

patients, 3% of all patients

22 42
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

94

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

73

prescriptions.

26

patients, 2% of all patients

23 4
AZASITE 90

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

90

prescriptions.

29

patients, 2% of all patients

24 57
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

69

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

64

prescriptions.

25

patients, 2% of all patients

25 6
BROMFENAC SODIUM 68

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

55

prescriptions.

24

patients, 2% of all patients

26 56
ACUVAIL 58

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

58

prescriptions.

18

patients, 1% of all patients

10 27 89
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

50

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

45

prescriptions.

13

patients, 1% of all patients

28 19
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 Dec. 5, 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.