10 Jan 2020
The Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (the tribunal) has reprimanded and imposed conditions on the registration of a general practitioner for professional misconduct as a result of prescribing clinically inappropriate and excessive amounts of testosterone to a patient.
Dr Hanna’s conduct came to light following an investigation by the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) which found that between 13 January 2012 and 12 November 2014, Dr Hanna prescribed a total of 390 ampoules of testosterone to a patient, approximately nine times the normal therapeutic dose range. The Medical Board of Australia (the Board) received notification from the DHHS regarding the investigation and the matter was referred to the tribunal in November 2018.
On 6 December 2016, Dr Hanna pleaded guilty to three charges of breaching the Drugs, Poisons and Controlled Substances Regulations 2006 at The Magistrate’s Court of Victoria.
The Tribunal was satisfied that Dr Hanna’s conduct amounted to professional misconduct, taking into account that:
On 11 October 2019, the tribunal ordered that Dr Hanna be reprimanded and have conditions imposed on his registration requiring him to undergo education in relation to drug seeking and demanding patients, doctor shopping and drug misuse. He is also required to undertake an audit of practice within three months of completing the education. In making these orders the tribunal noted that Dr Hanna had stopped prescribing the testosterone prior to the investigation, pleaded guilty to the criminal charges, had shown remorse and taken positive steps to educate himself.
The court’s decision is published on the Austlii website.