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• The case of Gibson  NSWPB
3 (10 May 2006) involved the
pharmacist supplying Halotestin
(fluoxymesterone) to 10 male
persons when she was aware that
the only approved indication for that
medication was for palliative therapy
in the case of advanced breast cancer.
The board found the pharmacist
displayed... an extremely cavalier
attitude to the subject prescriptions
dispensed and substantially
compromised her professional
obligations and responsibilities to
the patient and the public in doing
so’. The pharmacist was reprimanded,
fined the maximum amount and
made the subject of extensive orders
requiring successful completion of a
number of education programs.
These cases serve as a reminder of
pharmacists’ professional responsibility
in considering the health of consumers
Pharmacists have a
professional responsibility to intervene if
medicines are prescribed for consumers
who may not have a therapeutic need.
This may not always be an easy task but
is part of our independent professional
*’Doping’ is the use of substances or methods that
are capable of enhancing performance and are
potentially harmful to an athlete’s health.
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CSU student wins
international student award
Charles Sturt University (CSU) pharmacy PhD student Saba Nabi has won
a NSW International Student Award.
At a ceremony in the Sydney Opera House,
Saba, from the School of Biomedical
Sciences at CSU in Wagga Wagga, took out
the Higher Education category. From New
Delhi in India, she has lived and studied
in regional NSW since arriving with her
young family in 2011.
Ms Nabi said, ‘This award is actually for
Charles Sturt University and the Wagga
‘I really thank God that I live in a regional
location which is full of opportunities,
especially engaging a lot with the local
community. It’s true that Wagga Wagga
is my soul and Charles Sturt University is
the heart of my body.’
Saba was is the first international student
elected to the CSU Council in 2012 and
was also the postgraduate student
representative on the University’s Faculty
of Science Board. She is President of the
International Students Club, part of the
CSU Health Promotion Group, CSU Green
programs, the University’s Future Moves
programs and Secretary of the Islamic
Saba is also involved in the wider Wagga
Wagga community through the Cancer
Council, and the Multicultural Council.
Earlier in 2014, she was a finalist in the
Wagga Wagga Business Chamber’s
annual Crow Awards.
Student Liaison Officer (International)
at CSU Jacqui Blomfield said: ‘Saba truly
deserves this International Student
Award for her many contributions to
Charles Sturt University and the city of
‘Saba has managed to draw together
Charles Sturt University and the wider
community with international students.
She has worked collaboratively to raise
the profile of international students at
Charles Sturt University.”
Saba was presented a trophy and
certificate by NSW Parliamentary
Secretary for Small Business and
Regional Development, John Barilaro
MP, at the Sydney Opera House on
Monday 15 September. The NSW
International Student Awards are
organised by StudyNSW and the
NSW Government to celebrate the
outstanding contribution international
students make to communities in NSW.
CSU student Ms Saba Nabi with NSW Parliamentary Secretary for Small Business and Regional
Development John Barilaroon. Photo by Benjamin Townsend Photography.
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