Dr David Richardson – Unsatisfactory professional conduct

4 Apr 2017

The Commission prosecuted a complaint  before a Professional Standards Committee (“Committee”) against Dr David Richardson, a general practitioner, practising at Richmond and specialising in what he described as “integrative medicine”.  The complaint concerned his treatment of five male patients and in particular, prescribing for them the drug Clomiphene between 1 January 2012 and 31 December 2014.  Dr Richardson considered these five men to have androgen deficiency.  Clomiphene is indicated for the treatment of women, as an estrogen inhibitor that is usually used to treat infertility. 

On 17 March 2017 the Committee found that Dr Richardson engaged in unsatisfactory professional conduct in that he:

  • prescribed Clomiphene without an authority under section 37 of the Poisons and Therapeutic Goods Regulation 2008;
  • failed to conduct an appropriate assessment prior to prescribing Clomiphene;
  • failed to keep adequate medical records.

Decision

The Committee cautioned Dr Richardson and imposed conditions including:

  • Completion of  a course in medical record-keeping.
  • A two year prohibition against prescribing male patients androgen medications (other than DHEA) unless there is:
    • an initial assessment of the patient conducted by an endocrinologist (approved by the Medical Council of NSW);
    • an annual review of the patient conducted by the same endocrinologist who performed the initial assessment and any continuation of that treatment agreed by the endocrinologist;
    • documentary evidence of the assessment  by the approved endocrinologist and any subsequent discussion with the endocrinologist kept in the patient’s medical record.
  • To submit to a minimum of two audits of record keeping over a two year period.

 

Further Information

The Committee’s full decision is here

For further information, contact the Executive Officer of the Health Care Complaints Commission, on 9219 7444 or send an email to media@hccc.nsw.gov.au.

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