Compounder loses bid to keep past out of case

A Sydney compounder has failed to stop details of his past being brought to light in a case which will decide whether he can import Cannabidiol (CBD).

Ian Abrams, a pharmacist and the sole director of Sydney Sterile Compounding, applied for a licence to import the phytocannibinoid, which is the major nonpsychoactive component of Cannabis sativa.

But the federal Health Minister knocked back the application, after being unsatisfied he was a fit and proper person to hold the licence. This was  on the grounds he had “probably provided false and misleading information” about drug importation in the past.

The Sydney pharmacist challenged the decision at the Administrative Appeals Tribunal of Australia.

In his statement of facts, Mr Abrams – who is banned from compounding phentermine - argued that over his 20 years as a registered pharmacist, he had compounded many