GP banned for prescribing New Zealand teen ‘gay cure’

A Sydney-based Exclusive Brethren doctor has been banned from medicine after prescribing chemical castration for a young gay New Zealander.

In 2008, Exclusive Brethren member and GP Mark Christopher James Craddock wrote the 18-year-old a prescription for the anti-androgen therapy cyproterone acetate (Cyprostat) during a brief home consultation.

The young gay man, who now lives in Auckland, was living in Sydney at the time. He has since left the church.

The drug that Craddock prescribed, with five repeats, lowers libido by reducing the amount of testosterone — via

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