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Prescriber Checkup

JAMES WHELESS MD

200 MEDICAL PARK DR SUITE 300, CAROLINA INTERNAL MED-CONCORD

Concord | North Carolina | 28025

(704) 403-3676

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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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15,687Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 129 out of 1454

$799K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 175 out of 1454

636 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
84%Patients 65 Years and Older
30% 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
in North Carolina
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

2% of this provider’s 636 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

13% of this provider’s 636 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 9%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

4% of this provider’s 13,284 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

24% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$51 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $58 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

25 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
OMEPRAZOLE 633 530 1 3
LISINOPRIL 578 486 2 4
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 500 359 S3 3 7
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 473 422 4 5
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 458 444 5 2
SIMVASTATIN 413 378 6 1
FUROSEMIDE 391 322 7 6
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 353 312 8 14
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 346 294 9 15
PREDNISONE 299 261 10 36
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 293 253 11 19
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 277 237 12 10
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 274 225 13 13
GABAPENTIN 230 163 14 16
CITALOPRAM HBR 228 171 15 21
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 227 204 16 9
ATENOLOL 222 214 17 18
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 221 193 18 12
WARFARIN SODIUM 220 158 19 17
MELOXICAM 214 191 20 37
AZITHROMYCIN 214 186 20 42
NEXIUM 187 138 22 23
FENOFIBRATE 187 165 22 68
SYNTHROID 180 155 24 25
METFORMIN HCL 180 144 24 8
TAMSULOSIN HCL 167 159 26 34
TRAMADOL HCL 155 129 27 20
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 151 133 28 11
DIOVAN 146 139 29 40
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 145 124 30 46
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 133 126 31 38
FLUOXETINE HCL 129 122 32 72
DONEPEZIL HCL 122 122 33 29
CRESTOR 120 111 34 22
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 117 106 35 27
METFORMIN HCL ER 115 87 36 41
CLOPIDOGREL 111 83 37 32
FENTANYL 106 91 S2 38 104
LEVOFLOXACIN 105 86 39 95
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 101 78 R 40 59
PROAIR HFA 100 89 41 56
CELEBREX 95 94 42 81
ALLOPURINOL 94 86 43 28
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 91 69 44 78
GLIPIZIDE ER 88 80 45 92
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 87 68 46 30
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 83 79 47 35
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 82 82 R 48 71
PLAVIX 81 68 49 45
GLIPIZIDE XL 79 63 50 85
KLOR-CON M20 79 35 50 54
HYDRALAZINE HCL 76 76 52 67
DILTIAZEM ER 76 76 52 126
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 76 67 R 52 139
IBUPROFEN 72 62 55 107
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 71 52 56 79
ROPINIROLE HCL 70 54 57 96
VERAPAMIL ER 69 68 58 89
SPIRIVA 69 66 58 52
SPIRONOLACTONE 68 51 60 63
PREMARIN 68 51 R 60 131
SERTRALINE HCL 67 62 62 26
PROMETHAZINE HCL 67 51 R 62 82
PAROXETINE HCL 67 57 62 73
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 64 61 65 44
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 63 56 66 64
ESTRADIOL 63 60 R 66 164
PRAMIPEXOLE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 61 61 68 200
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 61 54 68 31
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 58 47 70 169
LOVASTATIN 58 54 70 39
CARVEDILOL 55 45 72 24
LANSOPRAZOLE 54 47 73 140
DIOVAN HCT 54 51 73 75
RANITIDINE HCL 53 44 75 43
ACTOS 53 49 75 90
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 51 51 77 156
CLONIDINE HCL 51 40 77 49
LANTUS 50 25 79 51
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 12, 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.