Ms Marianne Tanios – Guilty of professional misconduct – registration cancelled – prohibition order

22 Jun 2017

The Health Care Complaints Commission (‘the Commission’) prosecuted a Complaint before the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal (‘the Tribunal’) against Ms Marianne Tanios, a registered pharmacist. The complaint alleged unsatisfactory professional conduct and professional misconduct in relation to the practitioner’s dispensing of medication to herself without valid prescriptions. The circumstances of the dispensing included:

  • dispensing of large quantities of the weight-loss drug Duromine as well as medications including Motilium, Modavigil, Stildem, Diabex, Deralin and Valpam for her own use;
  • inappropriately dispensing under the name of a close relative and pharmacy customers;
  • creating false records in the dispensing system including altering patient profiles;
  • misappropriating a significant quantity of drugs without making payment.

Decision

The Tribunal published its decision on 20 June 2017 and found Ms Tanios guilty of unsatisfactory professional conduct and professional misconduct. The Tribunal noted the that the conduct was ‘deliberate, calculated and knowingly contrary to the law’. The Tribunal also found that if the practitioner had consumed all of the Duromine herself she would have been seriously impaired, and that the combined effect of the drugs would have exposed the public to serious risk.

The Tribunal ordered that the practitioner’s registration be cancelled with a non-review period of 1 year. The Tribunal also ordered that Ms Tanios be prohibited from working as a pharmacy assistant or in any capacity where she is required to handle schedule 8 or schedule 4D drugs during the non-review period.


Further Information

The full decision is available at NSW Caselaw 

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.

The information in this media release is correct at the time of publication. Orders may change; for example, conditions may no longer apply. For current information regarding the status of a registered health practitioner, including any conditions that currently apply, please check the National Register at www.ahpra.gov.au.