Tuesday 28 March 2017

Doctor charged with professional misconduct over prescribing tranquilisers to teenager

Fergus Black

A DOCTOR is facing 10 allegations of professional misconduct and poor professional performance over the prescribing of tranquilisers to a teenage patient.

Dr Denis O'Dwyer (64) with a practice in Monastervin, Co Kildare began prescribing benzodiazepine to the boy in 2009 when he was aged 15, a Medical Council fitness to practice hearing was told.

Referred to only as patient X, he received 21 prescriptions over an 18 month period, solicitor JP McDowell told the hearing today.

The committee was told the recommended prescribing period should be four weeks.

Patient X, who is currently in custody and who gave evidence via video link, said he had problems with drugs from an early age at one stage was addicted to heroin.

He had heard about Dr O'Dwyer and first visited his surgery in 2009 when he heard was 15.

Although he did not have problems with sleeping he told the doctor he told was a recovering heroin addict and that he couldn't sleep

He got the tablets and saw the doctor once a month.

The hearing is continuing.

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