A general practitioner appeared in court accused of falsifying prescriptions.
Dr Steve Andelic, who previously worked at a surgery in Hartlepool, appeared before Teesside Crown Court yesterday.
Prosecutor Shaun Dryden said: “The defendant, who elected trial at the crown court, faces five allegations of forgery in relation to prescriptions.”
No details of the allegations were given in court.
No charges were put to Andelic, 55, during the short preliminary hearing.
Judge Tony Briggs ordered the prosecution to serve its case against Andelic to his defence lawyers by October 27.
The judge set a date for a plea hearing of November 27.
John Ellwood, defending, said a provisional trial date should not be set because there may be a defence application to dismiss the charges.
Andelic, of Coniscliffe Road, Hartlepool, was released on unconditional bail.