GP couldn’t say no to addicts

Prosecuted before the NSW Civil and Administrative Claims Tribunal, Dr Anthony John Ivits accepted he had been in denial about the fact that he could be harming patients rather than helping them by prescribing Schedule 8 and Schedule 4D drugs at his practice on the NSW Central Coast.

NSW health authorities were alerted to Dr Ivits’ case in 2011 by a pharmacist at Umina who was concerned over large quantities of OxyContin prescribed in the names of three patients.

An investigation found he was in breach of laws governing