02 Mar 2016
The Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal (QCAT) has reprimanded a former pharmacist and found he engaged in unprofessional conduct.
The Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal (QCAT) has reprimanded a former pharmacist and found he engaged in unprofessional conduct for inappropriately dispensing pseudoephedrine (PSE), a drug which is well known to pharmacists for its potential for misuse and abuse.
The Pharmacy Board of Australia (Board) referred Mr Robert Donald Louis, a formerly registered pharmacist, to QCAT regarding concerns about his practice between March 2009 and May 2011, when he worked part-time at the Nerang Day and Night Pharmacy (Pharmacy).
The Board alleged that Mr Louis had engaged in professional misconduct by selling PSE:
In May 2011 Queensland Health had audited and analysed the pharmacy’s dispensing data about PSE products. In December 2011, Queensland Health suspended for 12 months Mr Louis’ endorsement for all drugs and poisons with PSE as the active ingredient and advised AHPRA.
In November 2012, the Board imposed conditions on Mr Louis’ registration, all of which he complied with except for completing an oral legislation assessment. In December 2013, Mr Louis surrendered his pharmacy registration, having retired from practice.
Mr Louis conceded that the Board had proven the allegations and the parties jointly proposed a sanction which was accepted by the tribunal. QCAT found that Mr Louis had engaged in unprofessional conduct, reprimanded him and ordered him to pay the Board’s legal costs.
The QCAT decision is published on Austlii.