Anaesthetist who bored holes into fentanyl vials escapes ban

The Sydney doctor was self-medicating for back pain and stress, but has now recovered and is practising at a high level, says the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal.

A doctor who went to extreme lengths to steal fentanyl and morphine to self-treat his back pain and stress can keep practising under supervision, a tribunal has ruled.

The Sydney-based anaesthetist used an engraving tool to drill holes into opioid ampoules to extract the drugs for his own use.

He then refilled them with saline and sealed the hole with quick set and non-sterile glue, heard the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal.

In total the doctor was accused of