27 Apr 2014

Pharmacist fined for sending drugs offshore

6:35 am on 27 April 2014

An Auckland pharmacist who was fined $28,000 for wrongly providing medicines to foreigners is estimated to have made more than $1 million.

Prescription pills.

Prescription pills. Photo: PHOTO NZ

Shong Gwen Foo was sent prescriptions from North American patients and had them checked by a New Zealand doctor, David Wong.

He then sent the drugs to the patients at a lower price than they could be bought in North America.

The Health Practitioner's Disciplinary Tribunal said Mr Foo did not provide the same level of care as in a face to face meeting.

It fined and censured him but decided the case was not serious enough to punish him further.