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A pharmacist has been reprimanded and disqualified for three years after he made false declarations about his criminal, disciplinary and practice history

The Pharmacy Board has issued a statement about a pharmacist whose registration in Australia was granted based on false information.

Western Australia’s State Administrative Tribunal decided to withhold the pharmacist’s name from publication after a hearing in which the false information he provided was examined.

The pharmacist obtained a Bachelor of Pharmacy from an overseas university in 2002, and from October 2005 to June 2015, lived and practised as a pharmacist in a number of different countries.

On 22 June 2015, he was convicted of one count of healthcare fraud conspiracy and 15 counts of conspiracy to distribute controlled substances.

He was sentenced to six months’ probation and ordered to pay restitution.

His licence to practise the profession in a second overseas country was temporarily suspended on 29 July 2015, and then revoked on 18 November 2015.

The pharmacist then applied for provisional registration and supervised practice as a pharmacist in Australia in July 2018 – but wasn’t honest about his past.

He instead made a false declaration about his criminal history, countries of former residence, registration history, disciplinary history and practice history.

He also included false information in his curriculum vitae, including work history, and did not disclose his full practice history. The Tribunal heard that he gave this information knowing it to be false.

The pharmacist obtained registration in September 2018, but based on this false information.

By 19 December 2018, the Pharmacy Board of Australia had identified these anomalies and took immediate action by suspending his registration.

The Board then referred the pharmacist to the Tribunal, which found that he had engaged in professional misconduct.

The Tribunal found that he had improperly obtained his registration.

He was reprimanded, had his registration cancelled and was disqualified from applying for registration for a period of three years.

The pharmacist was ordered to pay $2,000 towards the costs of the proceedings.

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