TCM doctor suspended for prescribing powder containing poison
Published on Apr 11, 2014 1:31 PM
A traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) practitioner has been suspended for 15 months by the Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners Board after he prescribed medicine containing a poison to a customer.
In a statement on Friday, the board said it had received a complaint from the Health Sciences Authority (HSA) about physician Yong Lin Swee.
Yong had prescribed and dispensed a brown herbal powder to a patient. However, the powder was found to contain clonazepam, which is a scheduled poison. He was charged in court in March and fined $2,000. Yong is a registered physician and acupuncturist at the Dah Kai Medical & Departmental Store in Parkway Parade.
His 15-month suspension started in April. The board also ordered him to pay all expenses related to the inquiry.