11 Dec 2014
The State Administrative Tribunal of Western Australia has reprimanded Mr Frank Balestra, cancelled his registration as a pharmacist and disqualified him from applying for registration for 30 years.
The Pharmacy Board of Australia referred the matter to the tribunal in April 2013, after an investigation that followed a referral from the Medical Board of Australia.
The Medical Board of Australia alleged Mr Balestra had dispensed approximately 100,000 items of anabolic androgenic steroids, stimulants, human growth hormone and clomiphene (a fertility medicine) to patients for non-therapeutic purposes since 1 January 2006.
At the tribunal hearing, Mr Balestra admitted to professional misconduct by dispensing drugs for non-therapeutic reasons, despite knowing the risks of doing so.
Mr Balestra admitted that he:
In making its decision, the tribunal considered the scale and period of time over which Mr Balestra’s conduct occurred, and found that Mr Balestra:
The tribunal found Mr Balestra had engaged in professional misconduct.
His registration as a pharmacist was cancelled from 9 January 2015, and he was disqualified from applying for re-registration for 30 years.
Mr Balestra is banned from dispensing any of the drugs in question, pending the cancellation of his registration.
The reasons for the decision are on the tribunal website.
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