23 Jun 2021
A tribunal has suspended a general practitioner for nine months for professional misconduct after he inappropriately prescribed peptides and other substances to 10 patients and to himself.
In August 2019, the Medical Board of Australia (the Board) started proceedings against Dr Christopher Moschou in the South Australian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (the tribunal) on the basis that he had behaved in a way that constituted professional misconduct. The Board made the referral after investigating allegations received in January 2017 about his prescribing practices.
In August 2018, the Board took immediate action and accepted an undertaking from Dr Moschou not to prescribe, possess, supply, administer, handle, dispense, access or check testosterone or growth hormone related peptides while its investigation was ongoing. Dr Moschou also agreed to an audit of his practice.
During the tribunal’s proceedings, Dr Moschou admitted that:
Dr Moschou also admitted that his admitted conduct amounted to professional misconduct.
The tribunal was satisfied that Dr Moschou had behaved in a way that constituted professional misconduct. The tribunal reprimanded Dr Moschou and suspended his registration for nine months from 28 September 2020.
The tribunal also imposed conditions on Dr Moschou’s registration, including that he not prescribe, possess, supply, administer, handle, dispense, access or check certain medications, including testosterone or growth hormone related peptides. Other conditions included requiring regular reporting to the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency and the Board, as well as audits of his practice. The conditions will come into effect at the end of the period of suspension and are subject to review in 12 months from that date.
Dr Moschou was also ordered to pay the Board’s costs.
The tribunal’s decision appears on the AustLII website.