Doctor suspended for prescribing excessive hypnotics

Five patients each received more than 1,000 tablets in 33 months, or more than one a day

Dr Tan Kok Jin of Medicus Clinic and Surgery in Jurong West was found guilty of excessive prescription of hypnotics, keeping poor records and for not referring his patients to a specialist for better care.
Dr Tan Kok Jin of Medicus Clinic and Surgery in Jurong West was found guilty of excessive prescription of hypnotics, keeping poor records and for not referring his patients to a specialist for better care.PHOTO: SCREENGRAB FROM GOOGLE MAPS

A doctor who had, among other things, given one patient 1,100 sleeping pills over 33 months - or more than one a day - has been suspended from practice for a year.

The penalty would have been a two-year suspension, but he was given a 50 per cent reduction as it took five years for the case to be heard.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 15, 2019, with the headline 'Doctor suspended for prescribing excessive hypnotics'. Print Edition | Subscribe