Mr Samer Ashour – Pharmacist – Registration suspended for professional misconduct

24 November 2021

The Health Care Complaints Commission prosecuted a complaint against Mr Samer Ashour before the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal (‘the Tribunal’). Mr Ashour is a registered pharmacist who was the sole proprietor of the Kingswood Compounding Pharmacy in Kingswood. It was alleged that, between August 2015 to July 2017, there were deficiencies in the record-keeping practices of pharmacists employed at the Pharmacy in relation to the dispensing and compounding of Schedule 4 and Schedule 8 drugs and that the policies and procedures in place at the Pharmacy were inadequate to ensure adherence to relevant legislative requirements and guidelines and did not enable breaches of those requirements to be detected. 

In October 2021 the Tribunal found Mr Ashour guilty of professional misconduct. The Tribunal found that Mr Ashour failed to develop and implement adequate policies and procedures to support and guide his employed pharmacists to comply with their obligations to document their practices for dispensing and compounding Schedule 4 and Schedule 8 drugs. His monitoring and oversight of the Pharmacy was found to be grossly inadequate and fell well short of the obligation imposed by the Proprietor Guidelines to ‘vigilantly maintain an active interest’ in the practice of pharmacy. The Tribunal suspended Mr Ashour’s registration for 6 months, after which time his registration will be subject to conditions.

A copy of the decision can be found here: NSW Caselaw.

Further Information

For further information, contact the Executive Officer of the Health Care Complaints Commission, on 02 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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