GP's prescribing 'contemptible and outrageous'

A SYDNEY GP's decision to unlawfully prescribe potentially deadly doses of opiates has been described by a disciplinary tribunal as "contemptible, outrageous and unethical".

Dr Ghee Hong Michael Tan, of Mona Vale, surrendered his registration last year but has now been banned from reapplying for three years after the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal found him guilty of professional misconduct.

In one case, the GP prescribed an average daily dose of 1126mg of oxycodone to a patient with osteoarthritic pain of the knee, hip and back who was enrolled in a methadone