A doctor who had his medical license revoked last week frequently catered to the prescription drug demands of celebrities, including musician Courtney Love and actress Winona Ryder, according to the L
A doctor who had his medical license revoked last week frequently catered to the prescription drug demands of celebrities, including musician Courtney Love and actress Winona Ryder, according to the Los Angeles Times. Jules Mark Lusman, 49, examined some patients only briefly before prescribing drugs, according to a report by the Medical Board of California.
The medical board said Lusman's stated specialty was laser surgery. However, in its report, the board detailed allegations that Lusman catered to the demands of wealthy or famous drug-seekers for prescription narcotics that would otherwise have to be obtained on the street.
A spokesperson for the board, which licenses and regulates the state's 112,000 doctors, said it's possible that criminal proceedings will be launched against Lusman. A spokesperson for the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office, declined comment, saying an investigation was under way.
In the board report, someone identified as "C.L." ("a fairly well-known musician" who "at one time had been married to Mr. C., who passed away") was said to have received Demerol, syringes, Ambien, and Xanax during summer 2001.
Ryder had 37 prescriptions filled by 20 doctors from January 1996 to December 1998, according to her probation report, released Friday. Ryder's attorney, Mark Geragos, said he knew of no other investigations involving doctors who prescribed drugs to her. "All were completely legitimate," Geragos said. "Lusman was legitimate, but I don't know what his problems are. The other doctors are well thought of."
Lusman called the decision to revoke his license "grossly unfair" in an interview Monday with the television program "Inside Edition" from his mother's home in South Africa. He also denied any wrongdoing to the medical board while asserting that some of his patients suffered from intractable pain.
A spokesperson for Love did not immediately return a call for comment.
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