Professional Misconduct

John Sayegh

Address: NSW, Australia
Sex: Male
Occupation: Businessman
Date: 21 June 2011


The Health Care Complaints Commission recently prosecuted Mr John Sayegh before the Pharmacy Tribunal of NSW.

The prosecution related to Mr Sayegh’s conduct between August 2006 and August 2007 whilst sole proprietor of two pharmacies in Burwood. The Commission complained that on three occasions Mr Sayegh dispensed Mersyndol Forte (at the time a prescribed restricted substance) to a doctor according to a script written by her in her own name and that this supply was in quantities or for a purpose not in accordance with recognised therapeutic standards. The Commission also complained that Mr Sayegh failed to make appropriate enquiries and that he amended the quantities and date on the presented prescriptions. In addition the Commission complained of various deficiencies in Mr Sayegh’s compliance with inventory and recording requirements for drugs of addiction and of his failure to keep dispensing or other records to account for at least 490 packets of Mersyndol Forte he ordered from suppliers.

In its decision of 21 June 2011, the Tribunal found Mr Sayegh guilty of professional misconduct and ordered that his registration be suspended for a period of three months. It found that Mr Sayegh’s failures demonstrated an inherently deficient attitude to his legal and ethical responsibilities as a registered pharmacist. The Tribunal did not believe Mr Sayegh had demonstrated sufficient insight and was not satisfied with his assurances as to his future conduct or his acceptance of the wrongfulness of his admitted failures.

The Tribunal also severely reprimanded Mr Sayegh and imposed a number of conditions on his registration that will come into effect after the period of suspension expires.