27 Feb '12, 9am

Acupuncturist suspended 3 years for dispensing medicine even though he was not licensed to do so

Acupuncturist suspended 3 years for dispensing medicine even though he was not licensed to do so

An acupuncturist has been suspended for three years for prescribing medicine to his patients even though he was not licensed to do so. -- ST PHOTO: SAMUEL HE By Tham Yuen-C An acupuncturist has been suspended for three years for prescribing medicine to his patients even though he was not licensed to do so. Mr Tan Kang Hok from Poh Kong Medical Hall will not be allowed to practice as an acupuncturist here for three years starting from Feb 1. He is being punished for two incidents in 2010 in which he had prescribed medication to his patients, despite knowing he is not allowed to do so under the Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners Act. On one occasions, he gave an orange-red pill to a patient who then developed Stevens-Johnson Syndrome, a life-threatening skin disorder caused by an extreme allergy. The pill was later found by the Health Sciences Authority to contain Pi...

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