GP caught in illicit steroid probe

The Medical Board of Australia brought charges against Mughammad Saliem Ismail, who also practised under the name Salim Ismail, after an investigation by the WA health department.

A schedule of prescriptions written by Ismail and dispensed by just two pharmacies revealed scripts for approximately 70,000 items of controlled substances between March 2005 and March 2014.

The prescriptions were for anabolic androgenic steroids, the human growth hormone SciTropin, the stimulants clenbuterol and ephedrine, and Clomid (containing cyclofenil or clomiphene).

Early in proceedings before the WA State Administrative Tribunal, Ismail admitted giving patients multiple prescriptions for those substances where there was no therapeutic indication and despite the potential for adverse effects in his patients or others to whom the products could be onsold.

He acknowledged he had acted carelessly and improperly in continuing to give multiple scripts for