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Vic 'intern' pharmacist stole drugs: court

AAP logoAAP 14/11/2016 Caitlin Guilfoyle

An 'intern' pharmacist who stole vials of drugs from her Melbourne employer has established a hydration clinic that's serviced celebrities, including actress Ruby Rose.

Shadi Kazeme, 28, on Monday admitted she stole human growth hormones and weight loss drugs from her former employer, South Yarra's Como Compounding Pharmacy.

The business is run by Nima Alavi, the pharmacist who reportedly tipped off police about supplements provided to Essendon AFL club in 2014.

Kazeme - a pre-registered or 'intern' pharmacist - was responsible for dispensing prescription items at the pharmacy, the Melbourne Magistrates' Court was told.

But she used her role to send vials to her home and people connected to her - without prescription or payment, and often in false names, prosecutor Diana Karamicov said.

Of the 83 packs that were sent, 61 went to Kazeme's home.

Prosecutors don't know the total value of the theft because they can't prove what was in each package, the court heard.

Kazeme's barrister, Raoul Stransky, said most of the products were used personally by Kazeme for weight loss or "wellbeing".

Kazeme lost her job after the deception surfaced and then worked briefly as an Uber driver before establishing a 'hydration clinic' business, he told the court.

Photographs on the Hydration Clinic Instagram account show Australian celebrities such as actress Ruby Rose and model Kris Smith receiving intravenous treatment at the facility.

The business' website says the therapy 'is the fastest way to potentially restore optimum hydration, stimulate and support the immune system'.

Kazeme pleaded guilty to one count each of theft and attempted theft over the crimes from February 2014 to June last year.

She will be assessed for a community-based order and is due to reappear in court next week for sentence.

Her application for pharmacist registration has been suspended by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency, the court heard.

Kazeme also faces $285,000 civil action from Mr Alavi in the Victorian County Court.

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