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Prescriber Checkup

RAFAEL BERMUDEZ M.D.

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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6,249Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 278 out of 551

$282K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 221 out of 551

417 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
84%Patients 65 Years and Older
1% 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 avg Average for
this specialty
in Puerto Rico
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

3% of this provider’s 417 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 1%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

N/A

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 5,154 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

30% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$45 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $35 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

15 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 24.


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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 Puerto Rico
SIMVASTATIN 575 507 1 1
SYNTHROID 434 382 2 11
METFORMIN HCL 294 243 3 2
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 217 196 4 10
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 195 184 5 6
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 159 147 6 4
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 152 120 7 5
GLIMEPIRIDE 150 114 8 16
GABAPENTIN 114 76 9 3
ATENOLOL 111 99 10 12
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 110 79 11 9
OMEPRAZOLE 107 98 12 7
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 100 79 13 27
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 90 82 14 23
ZETIA 88 80 15 69
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 79 74 16 29
LISINOPRIL 76 61 17 14
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 76 64 17 15
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 70 62 19 19
PLAVIX 69 56 20 33
TRAMADOL HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 68 43 21 18
RANITIDINE HCL 65 56 22 8
VERAPAMIL ER 64 52 23 39
CLOPIDOGREL 60 53 24 30
CRESTOR 56 56 25 62
FUROSEMIDE 55 48 26 13
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 55 44 26 119
FENOFIBRATE 53 31 28 34
COUMADIN 52 46 29 88
LANSOPRAZOLE 50 50 30 72
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 8, 2007.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.