Dentist fined $7,000, censured for prescribing to patient drugs he was allergic to

Dr Yee Ying Choon was charged for prescribing medication to a patient without realising the man was allergic to the drug.
Dr Yee Ying Choon was charged for prescribing medication to a patient without realising the man was allergic to the drug. PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - A dentist who prescribed her patient drugs he was allergic to pleaded guilty to one charge of gross negligence amounting to professional conduct on Thursday (Feb 23).

Dr Yee Ying Choon was charged for failing to take cognisance of the fact that her patient was allergic to nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, the Singapore Dental Council said in a press release on Tuesday (Feb 28).

She prescribed such a drug to a patient on Jan 5, 2015. The patient suffered an allergic reaction to the drug, and the harm caused could potentially have been fatal, said the Disciplinary Committee.

In a disciplinary inquiry on Thursday, it ordered that Dr Yee be fined $7,000 and censured. She also had to pay the costs and expenses of the proceedings.

Dr Yee has 30 days from Feb 23 to appeal to the High Court against the order.