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Doctor censured over false prescriptions

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 10/10/2016

An Auckland doctor has been censured for serious professional misconduct after she admitted she wrote false prescriptions so she could use the medication herself.

The Health Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal also imposed conditions which it said were primarily intended to help the doctor return to practice safely.

These included advising any future employer of the tribunal's decision and orders, and being prohibited from prescribing or dispensing controlled drugs.

The doctor has worked at various public hospitals, including Middlemore, Greenlane and Waitakere.

In April, the Medical Council of New Zealand's professional conduct committee charged her with acting contrary to her legal and professional obligations between February 2014 and May 2015.

The charge related to the prescription medicine Zoplicone and the controlled drug Triazolam, both of which are used for treating insomnia.

In an agreed summary of facts, the doctor wrote out prescriptions in the names of other people, when she knew they were not the intended recipients.

In handing down the penalty, the tribunal took into account the doctor's health at the time and the other stresses in her life.

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