Doctor suspended over abortion drug prescription

NZ Herald 25 July 2013
A doctor has been suspended for six months for illegally prescribing abortion medication and ordered to pay nearly $29,000 in legal costs.

The woman, who has interim name suppression, was found guilty of professional misconduct by the Health Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal, which released its decision today.

A suppression order prevents publication of certain details of the case.

But APNZ can report the woman faced numerous allegations relating to prescribing the abortion drug misoprostol (Cytotec).

The tribunal was told she prescribed it to three patients in a manner contrary to legal pregnancy termination procedures specified in the Contraception, Sterilisation and Abortion Act.

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