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Prescriber Checkup

ANDREA DESANTIS D.O.

251 EASTWAY DR CAROLINAS MEDICAL CENTER - NORTHPARK

Charlotte | North Carolina | 28213

(704) 446-9991

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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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5,798Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 894 out of 2170

$272K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 1058 out of 2170

140 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
59%Patients 65 Years and Older
86% 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
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this specialty
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

18% of this provider’s 140 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 11%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 3,891 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

28% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

Prescription Price

$47 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $57 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

41 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 21.


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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.

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S2

A schedule two drug. More » Schedule two drugs have a high potential for abuse and severe dependence, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

S3

A schedule three drug. More » Schedule three drugs have potential for abuse and dependence, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

A

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
Including Refills
Prescriptions
to 65+
Category For this Prescriber For All Prescribers in
This Specialty in North Carolina
METFORMIN HCL ER 254 206 1 35
OMEPRAZOLE 234 167 2 2
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 223 163 3 5
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 220 159 4 11
LISINOPRIL 199 145 5 3
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 186 144 6 4
CRESTOR 165 120 7 24
TRAMADOL HCL 149 83 8 18
GABAPENTIN 141 86 9 14
FUROSEMIDE 134 98 10 6
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 133 85 11 13
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 129 89 12 30
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 124 105 13 21
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 124 104 13 9
SIMVASTATIN 122 94 15 1
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 103 59 S3 16 7
SPIRONOLACTONE 87 62 17 71
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 86 72 18 36
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 82 43 19 79
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 76 37 20 16
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 72 57 21 17
CLONIDINE HCL 67 54 22 54
FOSINOPRIL SODIUM 67 63 22 206
MELOXICAM 65 37 24 28
QVAR 64 48 25 269
NEXIUM 61 52 26 22
COMBIVENT 61 24 26 112
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 60 33 28 20
PROAIR HFA 53 32 29 43
PEN NEEDLE 50 29 30 141
About This Data

ProPublica obtained prescribing data from Medicare’s prescription drug benefit, known as Part D, under the Freedom of Information Act. The data for 2012 includes more than 1.2 billion prescriptions written by nearly 1.5 million doctors, nurses and other providers. This database lists about 382,000 of those providers who wrote 50 or more prescriptions for at least one drug that year. Almost three-fourths went to patients 65 and older; the rest were for disabled patients. Methodology »

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Caveats
  • No comparisons are shown if 10 or fewer prescribers in the state share this specialty.
  • The list of top drugs includes only those for which this provider wrote 50 or more prescriptions, but all prescriptions are counted in the summary totals at the top.
  • The calculation of “Risky Drugs to Seniors” does not include drugs for which a provider wrote 11 or fewer prescriptions because Medicare redacted the information to protect patient privacy.
  • 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 1, 2013.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.