Hydration clinic pharmacist admits theft


Victorian intern pharmacist to the stars Shadi Kazeme will be sentenced next week after pleading guilty to stealing drugs

Kazeme, 28, has admitted she stole human growth hormones and weight loss drugs from her former employer, according to news reports.

Prosecutors alleged she used her role at Como Compounding Pharmacy in South Yarra to send vials to her home and people connected to her, without prescription or payment and often in false names, the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court was told.

The thefts reportedly occurred between February 2014 to June last year, with Kazeme’s barrister Raoul Stransky claiming most of the products were used by Kazeme personally for weight loss or “wellbeing”.

Having lost her job after the deception surfaced, Kazeme then established the iv.me hydration clinic business, Stransky told the court.

Her iv.me business is no stranger to controversy: its Sydney-based clinic was closed by NSW Health when a client who received an intravenous treatment ended up in hospital suffering fever, abdominal pains and low blood pressure.

In court on Monday, Kazeme pleaded guilty to one count of theft and one count of attempted theft, according to news reports.

She is due to reappear in court next week for sentencing and also faces civil action from her former employer in the Victorian County Court.

Her pharmacist registration has also been suspended by AHPRA.

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