Pharmacist loses battle against substance abuse tests

A pharmacist with multiple sclerosis and a drinking problem has lost a challenge against regular substance abuse testing.

The unidentified pharmacist wanted most Pharmacy Board conditions lifted, apart from a ban on clinical practice.

The pharmacist told the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal that the conditions were irrelevant given the ban.

Under the board ruling the pharmacist can still perform administrative and managerial duties.

The tribunal ruled that the conditions were still relevant, and, at worst, could cause embarrassment to the pharmacist.

“That is hardly sufficient to justify the granting of a stay.”

Under the board conditions, the pharmacist:

  • Must undergo blood testing and treatment from a GP, psychiatrist and neurologist. An independent doctor recommended the pharmacist must not work as clinical pharmacist unless they had