Baton Rouge doctor arrested; Police: He continued to write prescriptions after suspension



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BATON ROUGE, Louisiana — A Baton Rouge doctor who said he was treating patients suffering from severe pain has been arrested after police said he continued to write prescriptions for narcotics even though the state had suspended his authority to do so.

The Advocate reports (http://bit.ly/1OOTczI) Dr. Randy J. Lamartiniere, who has an internal medicine practice, was arrested Tuesday for writing prescriptions for the drugs after the state Board of Medical Examiners' Dec. 30 suspension.

"There is not a jury in the state of Louisiana that will convict Randy on this," said J. Christopher Alexander, Lamartiniere's attorney. "I wish we could start picking the jury tomorrow."

Alexander said his client treats patients suffering from severe pain and that he had been accused of over-prescribing pain medication to patients, a charge the attorney called "complete nonsense."

The state Medical Board's website shows it is conducting an investigation on Lamartiniere but does not provide any details.

After he was told of his suspension to dispense, prescribe or administer controlled substances to patients, the doctor informed the board he planned to ignore the order, Alexander said.

"He specifically told them in writing when he got the order that he was going to continue prescribing and why he was going to continue prescribing," Alexander said.

Investigators said Lamartiniere violated the suspension when he prescribed 3,205 doses of Schedule II medication, which includes oxycodone and hydrocodone, along with some Schedule III and Schedule IV medication after his suspension went into effect, according to a Baton Rouge police report.

He was arrested when a confidential source witnessed Lamartiniere continue to prescribe the controlled substances, according to the arrest warrant.

Lamartiniere was booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on 24 counts of distribution of Schedule II narcotics, two counts of distribution of Schedule III narcotics and five counts of distribution of Schedule IV narcotics.

Lamartiniere was released from jail Tuesday on a $44,000 bond.


Information from: The Advocate, http://theadvocate.com

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