Mr Jason Nguyen – Professional misconduct – Registration cancelled

29 Nov 2019

The Health Care Complaints Commission prosecuted a complaint against pharmacist Jason Nguyen, before the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal (‘the Tribunal’).  Mr Nguyen was the manager of a pharmacy owned by a close family member and had control of the day to day to running and finances of the pharmacy. The complaint alleged that the practitioner was guilty of unsatisfactory professional conduct and professional misconduct, specifically that Mr Nguyen:

  • had supplied large quantities of medications (up to around 47,000 tablets) including those known to be addictive and subject to abuse without prescriptions, in circumstances where:
  • the medications were supplied to Person B at Star City Casino; and
  • the practitioner knew that Person B intended to supply them illicitly to members of the public;
  • had inappropriately supplied prescribed restricted substances and drugs of addiction to four patients in circumstances where: 
  • the prescriptions were forgeries or the drugs were prescribed in excessive quantities and without a therapeutic purpose
  • the prescriptions were made in circumstances where the patient had a history of drug dependence.

The practitioner made full admissions to the complaints.

On 30 October 2019, the Tribunal found the complaints proven and that Mr Nguyen’s conduct was unethical, wilful and criminal, and that he does not have the necessary standard of practice, knowledge and understanding to ensure the public’s health and safety is protected.  The Tribunal had regard to the practitioner’s evidence that he was dealing with a serious gambling addiction at the time but rejected his evidence that he had only received a minimal financial benefit from the arrangement with Person B.

In its protective orders, the Tribunal cancelled Mr Nguyen’s registration and prevented him from applying to be re-registered for a period of three years. 

The full Tribunal decision may be found here.

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.