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Thursday 23 November 2017

Doctor accused over use of drug to treat boy's skin

Kevin Keane

A CONSULTANT dermatologist prescribed a drug to an 11-year-old boy that carries a risk of stunting growth, an inquiry has heard.

The boy -- known as Patient D -- attended the clinic of Dr Adam Jacobus Smith with his mother on three occasions between May and October 2008 for the treatment of psoriasis.

Dr Smith prescribed Neotigason, which stops thickening of the skin cells seen in psoriasis.

But an expert witness told a Medical Council fitness-to-practise inquiry that he considered prescribing this drug to a child inappropriate because of potentially dangerous side-effects.

Dr James Clifford McMillan of City Hospital, Belfast, was giving testimony in the case of Dr Smith, who faces more than 100 charges of poor professional performance and professional misconduct. The charges relate to 12 separate patients.

Dr Smith denies that his treatment of the patients amounts to poor professional performance or professional misconduct. The case is due to continue today.

Irish Independent

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