Mr Hung Kim Tran – Pharmacist– Reprimand and Conditions for Professional misconduct

23 June 2021

The Health Care Complaints Commission prosecuted a complaint against pharmacist Mr Hung Kim Tran before the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal (‘the Tribunal’).

The complaints related to the period between 4 September 2015 and 25 October 2017 when Mr Tran was the proprietor and pharmacist in charge at a Sydney pharmacy.

During this period Mr Tran dispensed large amounts of Schedule 8 drugs, including morphine and fentanyl, in combination with Sch 4D drugs, to Patient A. Patent A was a drug seeking patient and Mr Tran did not have regular and ongoing consultation with the patient’s GP to ensure that the prescriptions were for a therapeutic purpose in circumstances where the quantities of morphine increased over time. The complaint also alleged a failure to keep accurate drug registers and to maintain an accurate inventory for drugs of addiction in compliance with the Poisons and Therapeutic Goods Act.

On 18 June 2021, the Tribunal found Mr Tran guilty of unsatisfactory professional conduct and professional misconduct. The Tribunal remarked that “this case represents unacceptable practice, and that it ought to be denounced as such".  It did note Mr Tran’s genuine remorse and insight into his conduct, and that he had undertaken further education and ensured compliance with his registration conditions over the past three years.

In its protective orders, it reprimanded Mr Tran and imposed conditions including a 12 month period of mentoring.

The Tribunal’s full decision can be found here: 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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