Friday 24 November 2017

Pharmacist dispensed opiates without a prescription

A pharmacist has been found to have shown poor professional
A pharmacist has been found to have shown poor professional performance

Fiona Ellis

A PHARMACIST whose "sloppy" practices meant she dispensed controlled drugs including oxycontin – an opiate painkiller – without a valid prescription has been found to have shown poor professional performance.

Geraldine Ryan (56), owner and pharmacist at Kennedy's Pharmacy, Main Street, Cashel in Co Tipperary, was found by the Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland's (PSI) professional conduct committee to have failed to adequately keep a controlled drugs register.

She was also found to have dispensed medicines, both for human and animal use, without a valid prescription.

Counsel for Mrs Ryan, John Carroll, told the committee his client was "coming with her hands up". He said she "gives all to her business".

He said since the inspection on March 15, 2012, Mrs Ryan has spent her life-savings, between €225,000 and €250,000, doing up the pharmacy.


He said the "sharp and tough lessons" learned by Mrs Ryan has led to an overhaul of the pharmacy and previous breaches will "not be repeated".

He added any of the patients to whom Mrs Ryan dispensed medicines without a prescription were "very well known to her".

Expert witness Dr Conor McCrystal, who reviewed the investigative report from March, said certain "sloppy" practices could be improved on.

The committee found Mrs Ryan exhibited poor professional performance across seven allegations and recommended she submit a continuous professional development portfolio twice a year.

They also recommended both sides bear their costs.

Irish Independent

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