GP reprimanded for overprescribing

A WOLLONGONG GP has been reprimanded and found guilty of unsatisfactory professional conduct after inappropriately prescribing Schedule 4D drugs to patients with substance abuse and mental health issues.

The NSW Medical Professional Standards Committee found Dr Syed Adil Zafar from Bellambi Medical Centre continually wrote large amounts of prescriptions for medications including alprazolam, diazepam, nitrazepam and paracetamol with codeine to four patients with drug dependency in 2012 and 2013, and failed to implement adequate management