Mr Luke Pickett – Professional misconduct – Registration cancelled

3 May 2019

The Health Care Complaints Commission prosecuted a complaint against pharmacist Luke Pickett before the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal (‘the Tribunal’).  In February 2016, Mr Pickett commenced as the pharmacy manager at two pharmacies owned by the same employer located in the New England region of NSW. The complaint alleged that between February 2016 and 31 August 2016, Mr Pickett misappropriated a number of Schedule 8 medications for his personal use (including working whilst under the influence of drugs) and was also found in possession of cannabis, together with equipment to administer it.  The Commission also alleged that Mr Pickett suffers an impairment, and that as a result, he is not competent to practice pharmacy.
 
In its decision of 15 April 2019, the Tribunal found Mr Pickett was guilty of professional misconduct and that he suffered an impairment and was not competent to practice as a pharmacist. 

The Tribunal made an order cancelling Mr Pickett’s registration and imposed a non-review period of 18 months.

The full decision is available at NSW Caselaw.

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.