Dr Sasha Kanthan – Unsatisfactory professional conduct – Caution, Reprimand and Conditions

22 June 2020

The Health Care Complaints Commission prosecuted a complaint against medical practitioner Dr Sasha Kanthan, before a Medical Professional Standards Committee (‘the Committee’).  At the end of 2016 Dr Kanthan worked as a locum doctor at a clinic in Bankstown, run by Stephen Dank, who was not a health practitioner.  Dr Kanthan was prescribing peptides, human growth hormones, and other drugs to patients for conditions such as tissue injuries based on Mr Dank’s pre-filled prescriptions, and his protocol for dosages and drug combinations.  The complaint alleged Dr Kanthan:

  • prescribed without knowing key clinical information about the patients, such as a verified medical diagnosis, and without seeking advice from endocrinologists or communicating with the patient’s general practitioners;
  • inappropriately prescribed performance and image enhancing drugs to patients due to his lack of knowledge; 
  • exercised inappropriate medical judgement in prescribing these drugs without an appropriate purpose. 

On 29 April 2020 the Committee found the complaint proved and that it amounted to unsatisfactory professional conduct. The Committee cautioned and reprimanded Dr Kanthan and criticised his reliance on Mr Dank.  Due to concerns about Dr Kanthan’s ongoing interest in this area of medicine, the Committee imposed conditions on his registration that restrict him from practicing without supervision (except when practising in an emergency department of a public hospital), and prevented him from prescribing these drugs without endocrinologist approval.  The Committee also prevented him from changing the nature or place of his practice without approval from the Medical Council of NSW, other than for his work in emergency departments.

A copy of the Committee’s decision is attached.

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.

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