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Doctor Admits Reductil Forgery

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Doctor Admits Reductil Forgery

A doctor is appearing before the Health Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal today [28 October] facing charges relating to forgery and obtaining of Reductil (sibutramine).

The professional hearing follows a December 2009 District Court conviction on charges relating to forging and using scripts for the weight loss drug.

The junior doctor was working up to 120 hrs a week at the time of the offending as a GP intern and then house officer.

She was disturbed by an incident involving an exhausted colleague who made a serious error of judgement.

The District Court judge took into account that in prescribing herself Reductil, which lists insomnia as a side effect, the doctor was trying to avoid harming a patient, and no one was harmed.

She was fined $1260 and given name suppression.

The doctor admits her convictions are for offences that amount to professional misconduct.

The hearing continues today.

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