Mr Hussein Farhat – Disqualified for 3 years for Professional Misconduct

15 February 2019

Mr Hussein Farhat – Disqualified for 3 years for Professional Misconduct.

The Health Care Complaints Commission brought a complaint before the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal against former pharmacist.  

It was alleged that Mr Farhat, a pharmacist employed at Simply Pharmacy, Malabar and Ingleburn Medical Centre Pharmacy, Ingleburn as the Pharmacist in Charge, misappropriated large quantities of Schedule 8 and 4D drugs namely Endone, Duromine and Alprazolam for his benefit, namely self-administration. It was further alleged that Mr Farhat made false entries in the Endone drug register. This conduct occurred between May 2014 and April 2015.

In its decision dated 10 December 2018 the Tribunal found all of the Commission’s complaints against Mr Farhat proved and that they amounted to professional misconduct.  The Tribunal held that the very significant quantities of drugs which Mr Farhat admitted to consuming in this period, while working six days per week led to the inescapable conclusion that he was affected by drugs during the performance of his professional duties and that such conduct ‘placed the patients of those pharmacies at serious risk of harm over a significant period’.

The Tribunal ordered that:

• if Mr Farhat was still registered as a pharmacist the Tribunal would have cancelled his registration
• Mr Farhat is disqualified from being registered as a pharmacist for a period of 3 years from the date of this decision
• The Tribunal requires the Pharmacy Board to record the fact that had Mr Farhat been registered the Tribunal would have cancelled his registration for a period of 3 years from the date of this decision.

The Tribunal’s judgment can be found on the NSW CaseLaw website.

Further Information

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.