Corrupt pharmacist stole Viagra and Valium from shop where he worked

Macey Chemist in Mansfield Road

Macey Chemist in Mansfield Road - Credit: Archant

A corrupt pharmacist has been suspended after being convicted of stealing drugs worth thousands of pounds – including Valium and Viagra – from the shop where he worked.

Nurdeen Nadiadi stole £2,300-worth of “medicinal products and drugs” from Macey Chemist in Mansfield Road, Gospel Oak, while working there over a two-year period between February 2011 and February 2013.

His actions were discovered after the shop, where he worked one day a week on Saturdays, hired a stock manager following months of discrepancies in its records.

The shop’s owner, a 39-year-old pharmacist who asked not to be named, said he was “disappointed” by the breach of trust, before adding that he felt sorry for Nadiadi and his family.

He also said it was hard to fathom why someone earning a pharmacist’s salary would be driven to theft.


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“I didn’t expect him to do this,” he said.

“I always thought that pharmacists would never steal. All pharmacists earn a decent amount of money, so why would he want to steal?”

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Staff scoured CCTV recordings and found that Nadiadi was arriving to work early so he could bag up the items he wanted – seemingly selecting them from a “shopping list”.

“He used to be the only pharmacist working on Saturday. It was just him and the shop staff there, so he was taking bits and pieces from the dispensary and putting it all in his bag,” the owner said.

“We found from the CCTV that he used to come to work earlier, before staff came in, and then take what he wanted.”

Nadiadi admitted theft and possessing the controlled drug diazepam, commonly known by the brand name Valium, at Blackfriars Crown Court, while a third charge of possessing Viagra with intent to unlawfully supply will remain on file.

He was handed a suspended three-month jail sentence and ordered to pay £1,000 compensation to Macey and costs of £250.

The 52-year-old, of College Road, Isleworth, has been suspended for 18 months by the General Pharmaceutical Council, while the regulatory body carries out an investigation.

His former boss added: “It’s disappointing more than anything, it’s a big let down for the trust I put in him.

“He’s been suspended so he can’t work anywhere else now. I feel sorry for him and his family.

“He was senior to me and I used to respect him as an elder.

“I still can’t digest that he was doing this.”

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