Rochester psychiatrist’s license restricted over prescription practices

July 28, 2018

A Rochester psychiatrist has had her license restricted by the Minnesota Board of Medical Practice for drug prescribing misconduct.

Earlier this month, Dr. Cynthia Cleveland Hauri was reprimanded following a board investigation. Her license remains active but is restricted.

According to the board’s stipulation and order, Dr. Hauri is a Mayo Medical School graduate, practices at 300 First Ave. NW. in downtown Rochester and has been licensed since 1988.

The board received a report in 2016 that outlined concerns about Dr. Hauri’s prescribing practices, specifically for prescribing a combination of multiple benzodiazepines, stimulants and sometimes opioids.

Doses were well outside of the Federal Drug Administration’s guidelines.

The 2016 report led to an investigation, which revealed Hauri failed to document diagnoses, recognize or diagnose chemical dependency and document justification and rationale for prescribing opioids, benzodiazepines and stimulants.

She also failed to conduct physical exams prior to opioid prescription, conduct urine topology screens on patients who had received controlled substances and did not require patients to sign for substance agreements or use the Prescription Monitoring Program.

On April 16, Hauri met with the committee to discuss overall care and prescribing practices. The report said she stated she never intended to treat chronic pain patents. Additionally, she said it is difficult to get patients into a pain clinic treatment program and that she felt she managed her complex patients well.

As a result of the reprimand, Hauri cannot prescribe Schedule II-III medication other than IIN stimulants and IIIN non-narcotics.

She will also have to complete additional medical coursework and readings.

A follow-up audit will be performed by the board after six months and her completion of coursework.

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