Pharmacist cops 30-year ban for steroids

Frank Balestra, owner of Morris Pharmacy in Innaloo, improperly supplied drugs to patients “even when he knew that those patients were suffering from the adverse effects of those drugs” and “knew [those drugs] were not necessary for any therapeutic purpose”, Western Australia’s State Administrative Tribunal (SAT) found.

Balestra, in one instance, continued to provide one patient with anabolic steroids “despite being informed by the patient’s medical practitioner that the patient was suffering from heart failure as a result of his long-term use” of anabolic steroids.

Balestra admitted to professional misconduct before the SAT last month. The tribunal deemed he was motivated to conduct such practices as “doing so was highly lucrative and highly profitable”.

The drugs that Balestra improperly dispensed included steroids, clenbuterol, ephedrine, human growth hormone and clomiphene. The SAT