The Health Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal has censured a pharmacist and imposed conditions on his practice, including not being in sole charge of a pharmacy and supervision. This related to historical charges dating back several years relating to his prescribing and other matters.

The pharmacist was found guilty of failing to correctly store a controlled drug, leaving the pharmacy unattended, failing to notice an incorrect instruction had been placed on a prescription bottle, issuing incorrect prescriptions and requesting colleagues to lie about his absences from the pharmacy.

The pharmacist has not been practising for a number of years and therefore a further condition was imposed that if he returns to the pharmacy profession he has to attend a course on professional and ethical obligations.  The pharmacist was ordered to pay $35,400 costs in relation to the prosecution.

Alan Knowsley