A GOLD Coast doctor has been disciplined for prescribing large amounts of steroids to body builders who targeted her for her easy attitude to doling out the substances.
The Medical Board of Australia brought action against Dr Maria Dolar, who admitted she should have asked more questions and not prescribed such large amounts of the in-demand drugs to four patients.
One was a professional body builder who told her he would take animal preparations if he couldn’t get anything from her.
She was also hospitalised when assaulted by another male patient who had been given large steroid prescriptions.
In a judgment released yesterday, the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal ordered Dr Dolar, 72, be subject to weekly supervision after she admitted to unsatisfactory professional conduct.
The tribunal stopped short of suspending the doctor, saying strict conditions banning her from prescribing steroids to patients under 65 and daily reporting of all her prescriptions were sufficient.
The tribunal heard Dr Dolar started seeing the body builders in 2008 and it was reasonable to assume they kept coming back to her due to her willingness to prescribe a variety of steroids at doses well above therapeutic level and with little questioning.
The tribunal found the amounts given out meant it was likely the patients were on-selling the steroids as well as using dangerous amounts for themselves.
“She prescribed medications open to misuse or abuse and which had a value on the illicit drug market,” the judgment states.
“The abuse of steroids in the body-building community, particularly on the Gold Coast, where she practised, is a matter of public notoriety. She seemed to consider prescribing steroids for non-therapeutic, body-building purposes was an acceptable practice.”
Dr Dolar told the tribunal she gave prescriptions to the professional body builder because he said he used “adulterated impure veterinary” substances if he could not get legitimate drugs.
The tribunal was told the patient presented with obvious signs of associated health problems including muscle pain, swollen face and tongue and should have been referred to a specialist.
In deciding against a suspension the tribunal also noted Dr Dolar was nearly 73 and unlikely to practise for much longer.