GP gave ulcer drug to pregnant women

Last updated 08:05 11/04/2014

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A doctor has been found to have illegally prescribed a stomach ulcer drug also used in abortions to several patients with unwanted pregnancies.

The rural GP, whose name is suppressed, was reprimanded by the Health Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal for giving three patients doses of the drug unlawfully.

She was suspended for six months, and must obey a number of conditions now she has returned to practice, the findings reveal.

Another doctor called to the hearing for expert advice, University of Auckland professor Helen Roberts, said providing the drugs was "inappropriate and a serious departure from acceptable professional standards".

The tribunal considered the behaviour "constitutes serious negligence, malpractice and brings discredit to the medical professional" and recommended the Medical Council prohibit the GP from prescribing the drug for three years.

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