Sydney pharmacist charged over illicit drug supply

A registered pharmacist and her associate have been charged over exporting $500,000 worth of Gardasil 9 vaccines under a false declaration to Hong Kong

A 34-year-old woman and a 31-year-old man have today been charged as part of a police investigation into illicit drug supply.

The woman is a Sydney-based registered pharmacist, confirms the NSW Police Force.

Police will allege in court that the woman supplied more than 2400 Gardasil 9 ‘injections’ to the man, who then exported the substance under a false declaration to Hong Kong.

The estimated retail value of the drugs is AUD$500,000 in Australia and more than AUD$600,000 in Hong Kong.

The charges follow police raids on a pharmacy at Mosman in Sydney’s lower north shore, as well as a residential home at Sydney Olympic Park, where police seized various items relevant to the investigation.

Following further investigations, the pharmacist was charged with three counts of prohibition on wholesale supply of certain substances.

Her associate was charged with nine counts of prohibition on wholesale supply of certain substances.

Both are due to appear at Downing Centre Local Court on 21 November.

Investigators have referred the pharmacist to AHPRA.

The illicit drug operation was discovered as part of a joint investigation between the Australian Federal Police, NSW Police Force, Australian Border Force, NSW Crime Commission, Department of Home Affairs and Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission into the importation and supply of prohibited drugs.

The Gardasil 9 vaccine is used for the prevention of cervical cancer and appears on the Schedule 4 of the Poisons List of the Therapeutic Goods Act 1989.

In June this year shortages of Gardasil 9 in Hong Kong prompted protests outside MSD offices.

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