Dr Gunedra Weerabaddana – Unsatisfactory professional conduct – Reprimand and conditions

30 June 2020

The Health Care Complaints Commission prosecuted a complaint before a Medical Professional Standards Committee (‘the Committee’) against a general practitioner, Dr Gunedra Weerabaddana. The complaint alleged that Dr Weerabaddana inappropriately prescribed Alprazolam to fourteen patients over lengthy periods without proper authorisation or therapeutic purpose between 2010 and 2017. The Commission also alleged that Dr Weerabaddana made inadequate medical records for those patients.

Dr Weerabaddana admitted most of the alleged conduct but asserted that he did not know that his patients were on the opioid treatment program and claimed to be unaware that Alprazolam became a Schedule 8 drug of addiction in February 2014.

On 12 June 2020, the Committee published its decision and found all of the alleged conduct proven and that Dr Weerabaddana was guilty of unsatisfactory professional conduct. The Committee imposed a reprimand and placed conditions on Dr Weerabaddana’s registration so that he is subject to ongoing supervision, cannot prescribe Schedule 8 drugs and must submit to an audit of his medical records.

The Committee’s full decision is attached.

 

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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.

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