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Series of violations leads to disciplinary action against Fauquier physician
Dr. Norman Mauroner prescribed controlled substances for his patients despite reports that they were selling their medicines.
Mauroner also prescribed controlled drugs after a pharmacy called to report that his patients were receiving the drugs from multiple doctors.
And he frequently authorized refills for narcotics for patients even though it was before the time when the prescriptions should have run out.
The Virginia Board of Medicine cited these instances last week when it disciplined the Warrenton physician. The board said that Mauroner, an internist, violated state law when he “failed to properly manage the care and treatment” of his patients.
The board placed Mauroner, 59, on indefinite probation and prohibited him from prescribing, dispensing or administering Schedule II or Schedule III controlled substances.
The board also told him to undergo a “clinical competency assessment” within 12 months. If he did, the board said, he could get the probation lifted and regain his privileges.
Mauroner signed a consent order with the board, admitting the facts against him. Neither he nor his Richmond attorney, Donna Foster, could be reached for comment today.
The Board of Medicine’s case against Mauroner involves 14 patients, some of whom he had been seeing for more than 10 years.
Mauroner treated these patients for a variety of ailments, from neuropathy and depression to headaches to lupus. Many received prescriptions for narcotics, amphetamines and anti-anxiety medicines.
Patient B, for example, a 53-year-old female, saw Mauroner from 2001 to 2011, according to the board. He treated her for depression, headaches, degenerative disc disease, back pain, neuropathy and lupus. Mauroner gave her prescriptions for OxyContin, methadone, Dilaudid, Prozac, Adderall and Ritalin, according to the consent order.
With her and with other patients, Mauroner continued to prescribe controlled substances even though his patients “exhibited drug-seeking behavior and signs that they were abusing or misusing the controlled substances he prescribed,” according to the state.
For example, he continued to prescribe Fiorinal, a drug used to relieve headaches, even after his patient was charged with driving under the influence of that drug.
In another case, he continued to prescribe controlled substances for a patient after being told by authorities that the patient was being investigated for drug abuse and the theft of medications.
Mauroner graduated from the Louisiana State University School of Medicine in 1978. He did his internship and residency at the University of California/Irvine. He was first licensed in Virginia more than 30 years ago. He is board certified in internal medicine.
He founded his practice, Warrenton Medical Associates, in 1981. The office is located near Fauquier Hospital and is said to be the largest internal medical practice in Fauquier County.
At Fauquier Hospital, a spokeswoman said today that Mauroner no longer has clinical privileges there.
“He no longer meets the qualifications for medical staff membership,” said Robin Earl.