GP gave ulcer drug to pregnant women

Last updated 08:05 11/04/2014

Relevant offers

Health

Southland man with heart problems gives back for Heart Foundation appeal Screening needed in Taranaki for people with alcohol problem Timaru teen recovers from mystery illness Christchurch mother and daughter battle diseases together Autistic boy's 'massive pain threshold' hides true extent of injury Lifeline Aotearoa wants to set up farmer helpline Palmerston North could see more smokefree areas How to lose your appetite, 90 per cent of your stomach and 80kg Bionic 'curvy girl' Sam Hansen bounces back after scoliosis surgery Animal rights advocates exhort farmers to commit suicide

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.

Ad Feedback

- The Dominion Post

Special offers
Opinion poll

Should fluoride in water be the responsibility of central government?

Yes

No

Vote Result

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content