Professional Misconduct

Jonathan Fryar

Address: NSW, Australia
Sex: Male
Occupation: Pharmacist
Date: 19 April 2013


The Health Care Complaints Commission prosecuted Mr Jonathan Fryar, a pharmacist, before the Pharmacy Tribunal of NSW. The prosecution related to complaints about Mr Fryar’s conduct at the Hunter Connect Pharmacy in Pitt Street, Sydney which he owned.

The Commission alleged that between July 2005 and December 2006, Mr Fryar inappropriately dispensed prescribed restricted substances to patients, including anabolic steroids and benzodiazepines. It further alleged that between March 2010 and September 2010, Mr Fryar inappropriately dispensed restricted substances directly to Mr Samuel Cohen, operator of the Institute of Hair Regrowth and Beauty (IHRB).  

In relation to Mr Fryar, the Commission alleged that he: 

  • was essentially supplying large quantities of restricted substances to Mr Cohen by wholesale (without a wholesaler’s licence)

  • was adding an “unknown substance” provided to him by Mr Cohen to compounded pharmaceutical preparations, which were then on-supplied by Mr Cohen to IHRB clients.

Mr Fryar admitted to most of the allegations. He stated that he was misguided and at worst negligent in his conduct; however, he denied that his conduct was deliberate.

On 10 April 2013, the Tribunal found Mr Fryar guilty of both unsatisfactory professional conduct and professional misconduct. It rejected his claim that he was misguided or merely negligent in his conduct, finding his breaches of the relevant standards to be deliberate.

The Tribunal cancelled Mr Fryer’s registration, effective as at 10 May 2013, and ordered that he cannot apply for re-registration for a minimum period of 18 months thereafter.