16 Mar 2015
The Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal has reprimanded Dr Christopher Alroe and imposed conditions on his registration for professional misconduct.
The Medical Board of Australia referred Dr Alroe to the tribunal on five charges related to the prescription of drugs of dependence.
Dr Alroe agreed with the Board that his conduct, as a whole, amounted to professional misconduct and that he should be reprimanded, immediately surrender his endorsement to prescribe controlled drugs and not apply for reinstatement of this authority.
Before the matter was scheduled for hearing, the Board and Dr Alroe presented agreed facts to the tribunal.
Dr Alroe conceded that the Board had proven that he had:
The Board conceded that it had not proven that Dr Aloe had:
The first of the proven charges related to a period between August 2010 and December 2010, when Dr Alroe had continued to prescribe methadone (patient A) and Oxycodone (patient B) even though his authority to do so had ended.
The DDU had been aware that Dr Alroe was prescribing methadone to patient A in breach of his authority which had ended on 2 August 2010. However, the DDU did not notify Dr Alroe that it was inappropriate for him to continue prescribing the methadone without approval, even though he had kept the DDU informed of this.
Given the DDU’s lack of action, Dr Alroe believed he could continue to prescribe Oxycodone to patient B provided that he continued to disclose the prescribing to the DDU.
The tribunal imposed conditions on Dr Alroe’s registration, including:
The Tribunal imposed the conditions for four years and Dr Alroe was ordered to pay the Board’s costs of $90,000.
The reasons for the decision are available on the AustLII website.
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