Pharmacist banned over counterfeit drugs

A pharmacist has lost his registration after a tribunal found he supplied counterfeit Viagra to the Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick.

The tribunal found Mr Mina Attia guilty of unsatisfactory conduct and professional misconduct and ordered that he not apply for review for 12 months.

Mr Attia is the sole director of pharmaceutical wholesaler Hillmear and the Civil and Administrative Tribunal of NSW also cancelled his wholesaler’s licence.

The tribunal found that in 2010 Hillmear had supplied counterfeit Viagra to the hospital for the treatment of pulmonary arterial hypertension.

This was discovered when a hospital pharmacist noticed the tablets she was crushing were unusually gritty.

According to the case brought by the Health Care Complaints Commission, the pharmacist alerted Pfizer Australia, which determined that the tablets were counterfeit.

The TGA issued an