GP banned after asking patients to access codeine for him

The doctor played on six patients’ trust when he got them to fill prescriptions to feed his own addiction, heard the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal

A GP who used several patients to access codeine and diazepam for his personal use, has been banned over the scheme designed to “feed his own addiction”.

Under the arrangement, the Melbourne doctor would write prescriptions for painkillers and diazepam for patients, who would fill the script and return the medications to him.

During a period of two years he asked six patients he felt he had a “good relationship with” for favours to access the drugs, according to the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal.

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