06 Jul '11, 3pm

Lax prescriptions: 3 docs suspended

Lax prescriptions: 3 docs suspended

Benzodiazepines are used to treat a variety of conditions such as insomnia and anxiety disorders, while codeine medications provide relief from coughs. -- ST PHOTO: NG SOR LUAN THREE doctors landed in trouble with the Singapore Medical Council's (SMC) disciplinary committee on Wednesday, for failing to exercise due care when prescribing medication to their patients. For being prescription-happy, the doctors were suspended from practice by the council. Two of them were also fined. The heaviest punishment of a six-month ban and $5,000 fine was handed out to Dr Wong Choo Wai, 40, who practises at Bedok Day & Night Clinic in Bedok North. He was convicted of prescribing potentially addictive drugs containing codeine and/or benzodiazepines excessively and over a prolonged period. Other charges included failing to record sufficient details of his patients' diagnoses and symptoms,...

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