Mr Ethan Le – Disqualified from Re-registering due to Professional Misconduct
23 August 2018
The Health Care Complaints Commission prosecuted a complaint against Mr Ethan Le, pharmacist before the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal (‘the Tribunal’). The allegations related to Mr Le’s conduct whilst he was employed at a retail pharmacy in metropolitan Sydney as the pharmacy manager , such that he was guilty of unsatisfactory professional conduct and not a suitable person to practise pharmacy.
Mr Le illegally sold quantities of morphine, testosterone and benzodiazepines to Mr Trent Huyen, whom the State Crime Command were investigating for the illegal supply of prohibited drugs. When arrested at the pharmacy on 18 March 2015 Mr Le was in possession of a large amount of cash which he told police was money had had received from the illegal supply of drugs. He was also in possession of two stolen prescription pads. Mr Le told police that he had an arrangement with Mr Huyen whereby he supplied with him with prescription drugs in exchange for cash on a regular basis and the arrangement had been going on for a number of years. The complaint also alleged that Mr Le failed to notify the National Pharmacy Board of Australia within 7 days that he had been charged with various criminal offences and later, that he was convicted of criminal offences in the District Court at Sydney in 11 November 2016.
On 21 May 2018 the Tribunal found the complaints proved and noted that Mr Le “used the tools and knowledge of his practice in order to conduct criminal offences. The offences display unethical and illegal conduct over a considerable period; this is of course a gross abuse of his position as a pharmacist. He was heedless of the consequences to the community and plainly motivated by greed.”
The Tribunal ordered that:
- Mr Le be disqualified from applying for re-registration as a pharmacist for 18 months, and
- a prohibition order prohibiting Mr Le from working in any environment where he would have access to any Schedule 8 or additive drugs.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.