Mr Tony Saab – Pharmacist – Cancelled registration for unsatisfactory professional conduct and professional misconduct

10 November 2021

The Health Care Complaints Commission prosecuted a complaint against Mr Tony Saab, pharmacist, before the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal (‘The Tribunal’). 

It was alleged that, between January 2015 and March 2017 when Mr Saab was a co-proprietor and pharmacist at the Pharma Save Pharmacy, Granville, Sydney, he dispensed substantial quantities of Schedule 8 and Schedule 4D drugs to 38 persons, including opioids and anabolic steroids, as well as, which were not for a therapeutic purpose. It was also alleged that Mr Saab removed his name and initials from the pharmacy dispensing system and had also failed to:

  • maintain proper and accurate records for methadone, 
  • notify the NSW Ministry of Health of the apparent loss  of significant quantities of methadone,  
  • undertake biannual stocktakes for methadone and

In December 2020 the Tribunal found most of the complaint proven. A copy of that decision can be found here: NSW Caselaw.

In September 2021 the Tribunals cancelled Mr Saab’s registration and imposed a non-review period of 5 years from the date of its decision. The Tribunal also prohibited Mr Saab from providing any pharmaceutical services, including as a pharmacy assistant, dispensary assistant and/or compounding assistant until such time as he is re-registered as a pharmacist.  A copy of that 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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