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Professional Misconduct

Andrew Stewart Cronin


Address: WA, Australia
Sex: Male
Occupation: Chemist
Date: 10 October 2006


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The State Administrative Tribunal convicted Andrew Stewart Cronin of professional misconduct in a professional respect. 

Cronin is a pharmaceutical chemist registered in the State of Western Australia under the provisions of the Pharmacy Act 1964.

Cronin was employed as a pharmaceutical chemist at 113 Marine Terrace, Geraldton under the trading name Fountains Pharmacy.

Cronin was authorised to supply or sell any preparation, admixture or extract containing any poison including the supply or sale of methadone in the ordinary course of the pharmacy business. Methadone is a drug of addiction within the meaning of the Poisons Act 1964 and the Poisons Regulations 1965.

Regulation 52 of the Poisons Regulations 1965 provides:
(a) in subparagraph (1):
"Subject to the Act and these regulations a drug of addiction shall be dispensed or supplied only in accordance with as prescription complying with the requirements of the regulations."
(b) in subparagraph (3)(h)
"before the drug of addiction is handed to the purchaser, details of the transaction including - 
(i) prescription number;
(ii) name and address of patient;
(iii) poison description;
(iv) quantity of the poison;
(v) directions for use;
(vi) date of the prescription; and
(vii) the name and address of the person who wrote the prescription

On 17 March 2005 at Fountains Pharmacy Cronin dispensed methadone under a prescription and handed the methadone to the purchaser before the respondent had recorded the particulars required by regulation 52(3)(h) of the Poisons Act Regulations.

On 7 April 2005 at Fountains Pharmacy Cronin dispensed methadone under a prescription and handed the methadone to the purchaser before the respondent had recorded the particulars required by regulation 52(3)(h) of the Poisons Act Regulations.

Regulation 53A(1) of the Poisons Regulations 1965 provides:
"A person shall not dispense a prescription for or supply upon a prescription any of the following poisons included in Schedule 8, namely - 
Buprenorphine
Dextromoramide
Flunitrazepam
Hyrdromorphone
Methadone
Morphine
Oxycodone
Pethidine
or the salts of any of those substances and any preparation or admixture containing any of those substances, or the salts of any of those substances, unless -
(a) he is familiar with the prescriber's handwriting; or
(b) he has verified with the purported prescriber that the prescription was written by him

On 17 February 2005 at Fountains Pharmacy Cronin dispensed a prescription for methadone when he was not familiar with the prescriber's handwriting and had not verified with the purported prescriber that the prescription was written by the purported prescriber.

On 17 March 2005 at Fountains Pharmacy Cronin dispensed a prescription for methadone when he was not familiar with the prescriber's handwriting and had not verified with the purported prescriber that the prescription was written by the purported prescriber.

On 30 March 2005 at Fountains Pharmacy Cronin dispensed a prescription for methadone when he was not familiar with the prescriber's handwriting and had not verified with the purported prescriber that the prescription was written by the purported prescriber.

On 7 April 2005 at Fountains Pharmacy Cronin dispensed a prescription for methadone when he was not familiar with the prescriber's handwriting and had not verified with the purported prescriber that the prescription was written by the purported prescriber.

On 21 April 2005 at Fountains Pharmacy Cronin dispensed a prescription for methadone when he was not familiar with the prescriber's handwriting and had not verified with the purported prescriber that the prescription was written by the purported prescriber.

On 12 April 2006 Cronin was convicted in the Magistrates Court at Perth of breaches of regulations 52(3)(h) and 53A(1) of the Poisons Regulations 1965.

Cronin was suspended for 6 months with conditions.