A Tasmanian pharmacist has had his registration suspended for inappropriately supplying Schedule 8, 4 and 4D medications

The Pharmacy Board of Australia referred pharmacist Michael Meaney to the Health Practitioner’s Tribunal of Tasmania for allegedly unlawfully and/or inappropriately supplying narcotics on numerous occasions, and inadequate record keeping of narcotic medications.

Mr Meaney also faced the tribunal for inappropriately saving previously dispensed and returned medications; and resupplying these as unused medications, including without a valid prescription.

The alleged incidents, which occurred between January and July of 2013, included supplying ‘emergency’ medication outside of the Poisons Regulations, and the supply of medication to several interstate customers without a valid prescription.

At the time Mr Meaney was working as a sole pharmacist at a rural location in Tasmania.

At a conciliation conference before the tribunal in November 2016, he admitted that his actions amounted to professional misconduct.

The tribunal accepted that the admitted conduct was well intended in that Mr Meaney was trying to help his patients, however “his conduct not only amounted to a misguided approach to the practice of pharmacy but he was misguided as to what was expected of him by the public, his profession and the statutory law”.

It found Mr Meaney guilty of professional misconduct.

He was reprimanded and had his registration suspended for six weeks.

Mr Meaney has also been ordered to pay the Board’s costs, and to complete a PSA course on ethics and dispensing in pharmacy practice.