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Prescriber Checkup

RUSSELL LEMESH MD,MS,FACP

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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9,576Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 55 out of 232

$0 Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 228 out of 232

143 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
87%Patients 65 Years and Older
99% 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 California
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

20% of this provider’s 143 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

22% of this provider’s 143 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 14%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 8,573 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

14% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$0 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $52 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

67 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 23.


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 California
ASPIRIN EC 381 336 1 40
SENNA-GEN 281 275 10 2 87
CALCIUM CITRATE-VIT D 256 227 10 3 226
OMEPRAZOLE 247 222 4 4
SIMVASTATIN 225 188 5 1
MAPAP 223 189 6 78
LISINOPRIL 204 192 7 6
DOK 199 191 8 70
FUROSEMIDE 185 183 9 7
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 156 156 10 23
LOVASTATIN 153 128 11 25
METFORMIN HCL 148 124 12 9
GABAPENTIN 148 125 12 12
MULTIVITAMINS WITH MINERALS 138 125 10 14 217
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 130 123 15 10
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 125 97 16 15
VITAMIN D 122 115 17 103
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 119 108 18 2
VITAMIN B-12 117 117 19 126
FERROUS SULFATE 113 113 20 173
TRAMADOL HCL 109 100 21 33
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 106 90 22 14
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 104 79 23 3
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 101 91 S3 24 5
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 99 99 25 16
CITALOPRAM HBR 99 75 25 24
TAMSULOSIN HCL 97 79 27 22
GLIPIZIDE 94 71 28 29
MULTIVITAMINS 94 77 28 143
LORAZEPAM 93 73 30 114
ATENOLOL 88 73 31 11
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 83 78 32 41
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 82 82 33 144
CALCIUM WITH VITAMIN D 81 72 34 46
SERTRALINE HCL 77 65 35 35
VITAMIN D2 75 71 36 265
FOLIC ACID 72 72 37 200
MIRTAZAPINE 69 60 38 28
FINASTERIDE 63 44 39 76
CARVEDILOL 62 49 40 21
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 59 55 41 20
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 56 56 42 64
HEALTHY EYES 56 54 10 42 383
TRAZODONE HCL 55 55 44 38
LORATADINE 54 54 45 178
VITAMIN B-6 52 52 10 46 400
VITAMIN B-1 52 52 10 46 274
CALCIUM CITRATE - VITAMIN D 50 43 10 48 411
WARFARIN SODIUM 50 42 48 8
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.