Duane Reade Pharmacy, a North West pharmacy with a reputation for helping people suffering from the debilitating and life-changing conditions of depression, has been fined $150,000 by the NSW Department of Health after the Department received information that the pharmacy had allegedly misclassified some prescriptions.
Key points:Duane Reades pharmacy has been charged with breaching prescription standards after admitting to a ‘doctor of the Universe’ conditionThe pharmacy is now facing a $150k fine from the NSW GovernmentThis was the second case of its kind in recent yearsThe Department of Primary Health said in a statement that it had been made aware of a potential misuse of prescription drugs in the course of its investigation into the pharmacy’s pharmacy, Dr Duane and Associates.
It said the Department had been informed that Dr Duana Reade, a former medical doctor who was not a practicing doctor, had prescribed drugs which were not approved by the Pharmacy Commission of NSW (PCNS) and the ACGME.
“We have been informed of a serious breach of prescription standards and have taken swift action to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our patients,” the statement read.
“This breach of our prescription guidelines, including prescribing medication that is not approved for a patient, is of a particular concern.”
Dr Reade said he had not seen any patient suffering from this condition.
“I don’t have a doctor of the gods,” he said.
“If you look at what they’re doing, the doctors are giving pills, they’re giving pills to people, they do it in the middle of the night, they are very patient-centred.”
They’re not really doing anything.
“Dr Duane said he was “absolutely shocked” to have been charged and he was not surprised to see the Government come down on his side.”
It is a doctor-of-the-universe situation, the same as if I had been a doctor,” he told 7.30.”
But you just have to look at the way they treat people.
They don’t give you a pill, they give you two pills, two days later they give it to you.
“Dr Deirdre Reade told 7:30 she was “really surprised” by the fine.”
The whole thing is really upsetting.
I’m a doctor, I’ve been doing this for 25 years and they have just been doing things in the way I have never seen before,” she said.’
The same way’Dr Reades prescription guidelines have not changedDr Duana said the way the Department treated his patient’s case had been “very, very patient centred”.”
It was the same way, you give the medicine, you wait for the other patient to come back, you get your pills and they give them to you,” he explained.”
There were no rules about it.
“Dr deirdre said she felt that the Government was trying to cover up the truth.”
All they’ve done is said, ‘well, you’ve got to wait, we’re going to get back to you’.
“They haven’t got the facts.
We’ve got the information.”
Dr duane said the whole thing was very upsetting.
“We’ve got patients who have died, people who have had their lives turned upside down because of this.
I’m really angry about it, I don’t think anyone deserves this,” he added.”
What we have to do is take our medicine.”
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