Disgraced pharmacist loses court bid

A disgraced pharmacist who supplied counterfeit Viagra to a Sydney children’s hospital has lost his attempt to temporarily win back his registration.

Mina Attia appealed to the NSW Supreme Court after the NSW Civil and Administrative tribunal cancelled his registration last December for at least 12 months.

 This week he sought an interlocutory order in the Supreme Court for his registration to be re-instated while the appeal was in progress.

However, the court denied Mr Attia’s application and ordered he pay the cost of the Health Care Complaints Commission, which was named as the defendant.

A “compelling” reason under law was the “the protection of the health and safety of the public”, the court said.