Doc fined, suspended for overprescribing addictive medication

According to Ministry of Health guidelines, the drugs, including Dormicum, Librax and Valium, should not be prescribed for long-term use as they are addictive.
According to Ministry of Health guidelines, the drugs, including Dormicum, Librax and Valium, should not be prescribed for long-term use as they are addictive. PHOTO: ST FILE

He prescribed a sleeping pill to one patient for over 11 years

A doctor who inappropriately prescribed addictive medication to four patients for several years has been slapped with a $15,000 fine and a 16-month suspension.

The Singapore Medical Council (SMC) said on Thursday that Dr Chia Kiat Swan, a 64-year-old general practitioner at Vernon Clinic & Surgery in the Arab Street area, had prescribed "excessive" dosages of benzodiazepines, a class of drugs that includes tranquillisers, sedatives and sleeping pills.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 03, 2019, with the headline 'Doc fined, suspended for overprescribing addictive medication'. Print Edition | Subscribe