Compounder banned over eye-drop bungle

A compounding pharmacist has been banned from preparing pharmaceuticals after he substituted an eye-drop ingredient without checking it was safe.

Nicolas Bova, from Bova Compounding Chemist in Caringbah, NSW, used Dextran T(500) Sulphate instead of  Dextran T(500), the NSW Civil and Administrative Appeal Tribunal heard.

Ophthalmologist Dr James McAlister ordered 10 bottles of the eye drops in December 2011.

Six patients later sued the doctor and Mr Bova after they were left partially blind following eye procedures, but this was not addressed by the tribunal.

Mr Bova, who was found guilty of professional misconduct and unsatisfactory professional conduct, additionally dispensed all 10 bottles of the drops to one patient, when they were for use by multiple patients.

Mr Bova admitted to other numerous, unrelated complaints including:

  • Supplying testosterone despite