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Former pharmacist convicted after non-registered dispensing 

A former pharmacist in Western Australia has been convicted of holding himself out as a registered pharmacist while not being registered under National Law, the Pharmacy Board of Australia says.

Brian Geoffrey Donegan was sentenced at Geraldton Magistrates Court after he pleaded guilty to seven charges. The charges, which were brought by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA), relate to holding himself out, and claiming to be a registered pharmacist while not being registered, and on two occasions using the protected title ‘pharmacist’ while not being registered to do so under the National Law.

Mr Donegan admitted to working as the sole pharmacist on duty at Northampton Pharmacy between October 2015 and June 2016. In this period, he admitted to dispensing both Schedule 4 and Schedule 8 medicines to patients while not holding registration as a pharmacist.

Mr Donegan admitted that on two separate occasions, he used the protected title ‘pharmacist’ by allowing his name to be displayed on a ‘pharmacist on duty’ sign. Mr Donegan also admitted to submitting, to the owner of Northampton Pharmacy, a fraudulent certificate of registration stating that he held unrestricted registration at the relevant time.

The court ordered Mr Donegan to a pay a fine of $10,000 and costs to AHPRA in the amount of $1,085. The court refused an application by Mr Donegan for spent conviction orders.

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