GP sanctioned for poisoning patient

A West Australian GP who prescribed toxic levels of methotrexate to a patient who later died has been ordered to complete courses in medication safety, proper note-taking and the diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis.

A tribunal heard that the patient, a middle-aged Indonesian national, presented with stiffness and soreness in his joints, and disclosed a past medical history consistent with rheumatoid arthritis and urinary tract infections.

After measuring his blood pressure and heart rate, Dr Dian Haryaty Harun prescribed methotrexate (10mg, one tablet daily) and wrote instructions to