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Two more pharmacists suspended over BBC POMs exposé

Fitness to practise The GPhC has suspended two more pharmacists implicated in BBC London’s Inside Out investigation into the alleged illegal sale of prescription-only medicines.

The General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) has suspended two more pharmacists implicated in BBC London's Inside Out investigation into the alleged illegal sale of prescription medicines.


Rafif Sarheed (registration number 2078284) of Al Farabi Pharmacy, Westminster and Paul Edward Healy (registration number 2081443) of Alrazi Pharmacy, Westminster have both been given 12-month interim suspension orders, the GPhC announced today (April 10).  

Rafif Sarheed (registration number 2078284) and Paul Edward Healy (registration number 2081443) have both been given 12-month interim suspension orders

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In January, the GPhC gave 18-month interim suspension orders to three other pharmacists implicated in the BBC's investigation.


The documentary, which aired in December, accused nine pharmacies in west London of selling prescription-only medicines, including diazepam, without prescriptions.


The GPhC said it was unable to provide further details about the interim order hearings because they were held in private on April 8.


At the time of the BBC exposé, C+D readers condemned the pharmacists implicated, saying they did not represent the majority of the profession.



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2 Comments

Gerry Diamond, Primary care pharmacist

Oh heck they're dropping like flies!!! The GPhC disciplinary panel must have rotating doors and trap doors the way it's summarily executing pharmacists on the spot.

First question......no excuses you're guilty ....! hanging or hard labour and don't dither...too late legs dangling trap door already open with a bag over your head before you can say PDA!

Geoffrey Lay, Locum pharmacist

An interim suspension four months after being presented with video evidence of breaking the law does not seem like a summary execution to me.

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