Mr Nabil Tamer – Pharmacist – Professional misconduct
16 November 2021
The Health Care Complaints Commission prosecuted a complaint against a pharmacist, Nabil Tamer, before the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal (‘the Tribunal’). Mr Tamer worked as the pharmacist in charge at the Kingswood Compounding Pharmacy in Kingswood and was alleged that, between 2015 and 2017, he:
- Dispensed Schedule 4 medications, testosterone and human growth hormone not in accordance with recognised therapeutic standards.
- Allowed the compounding of commercially available products, namely Hepatitis C medication, in breach of the compounding guidelines.
- Failed to document his conversations with prescribers before dispensing significant quantities of Schedule 4 medications.
- Had deficient record-keeping practices.
In October 2021, the Tribunal found Mr Tamer guilty of professional misconduct. The Tribunal determined that Mr Tamer’s actions were the result of a combination of ‘ignorance, inexperience and undue deference to the prescribing practitioners’. The Tribunal accepted that Mr Tamer is genuinely remorseful for his conduct and has made real efforts to improve his knowledge of the relevant rules and guidelines. The Tribunal reprimanded Mr Tamer and imposed a number of registration conditions, including that he not work as a pharmacist in charge, or sole pharmacist.
The full decision can be found here: NSW Caselaw.
For further information, contact the Executive Officer of the Health Care Complaints Commission, on 02 9219 7444 or send an email to email@example.com.
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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