Ms Kathy Gong – Pharmacist - Registration cancelled

21 December 2020

 The Health Care Complaints Commission prosecuted a complaint against pharmacist Ms Kathy Gong, proprietor of Harmony Pharmacy and Wellness Clinic, Mosman before the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal. The complaint concerned the wholesale supply of Gardasil 9 Human Papillomavirus vaccine, obtained from third parties.

The complaint alleged that:

  • Ms Gong was convicted of the wholesale supply of substances for therapeutic use under the Poisons and Therapeutic Goods Act 1966 (NSW).
  • Ms Gong failed to notify the Pharmacy Board of Australia of being charged and convicted of criminal offences, including the wholesale supply of certain substances for therapeutic use.

The Tribunal found Ms Gong undertook the sale of the Gardasil for financial gain, engaging in a deliberate course of conduct, knowing it was wrong. She was also aware that the sale of such a large number of doses of the Gardasil would impact the supply of that vaccine in Australia.

In its decision dated 21 December 2020, the Tribunal found all of the Commission’s complaint against Ms Gong proved and found Ms Gong guilty of unsatisfactory professional conduct.

The Tribunal cancelled the practitioner’s registration as a pharmacist and prevented her from seeking a review of that order for a period of two years.

A copy of the Tribunal’s judgment can be found 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.

 
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