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Auzine sentenced to prison

Staff reports
Donald P. Auzine III

The former Prairieville doctor who illegally dispensed medication from his Gonzales New Image and Wellness pain management clinic has been sentenced in federal court to three years in a penitentiary, and ordered to pay a $10,000 fine.

Donald P. Auzine III, a 1999 graduate of Tulane Medical School, appeared in federal court for sentencing, and was also placed on three years of supervised probation.

He pleaded guilty a year ago to illegally dispensing medication without a medical reason and his license was suspended by DEA so he could not write prescriptions.

At the time of the DEA raid, Auzine was 38 years old and also operated a second clinic in Hattiesburg, Miss.

His stand alone Gonzales clinic at 3138 St. Landry Road was a cash-and-carry type business that generally did not involve insurance claims, DEA officials said at the time.

Similar clinics around the nation were described as part of a growing problem across the nation where niche type pain management clinics offer services with the type of medicine and dosages difficult to measure.

In addition to pain management, Auzine’s clinics offered stop-smoking programs, weight management, hair removal and cosmetic procedures including Botox.

Auzine’s Gonzales clinic was one of three stand alone pain management operations raided by DEA within a three-month period in Baton Rouge, Lafayette and Gonzales.

Auzine was charged with giving out Adderall, Oxycodone, Hydrocodone and Bernz-Pehtamine to his patients. The DEA also seized $200,00 in cash from his home in Prairieville.

He has been ordered to report to prison by June 1.