Botox – remote prescriptions to be banned after BBC investigation

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An undercover BBC investigation has contributed to a change in the law surrounding remote prescriptions.

In a secret recording, the director of a Harley Street skin clinic was filmed describing how Botox prescriptions could be obtained in the names of friends and family.

He went on to explain that the stockpiled drug could be used by nurses on walk-in patients.

This approach circumvents the need for patients to obtain a prescription for Botox from a doctor before treatment.

Instead, the nurses were able to phone the doctor on his mobile phone. They would then obtain a ‘remote’ prescription before injecting patients there and then with Botox from their stockpile.

However, if the nurses couldn’t get hold of the doctor before treatment, they would administer the Botox injections anyway. The doctor would then telephone patients for a quick phone consultation after their treatment.

Though remote prescription is not currently illegal, administering Botox without a prescription is certainly against the law. It also raises serious concerns about patient safety.

The footage obtained by the BBC has now prompted a rethink on the law surrounding remote prescription as a whole.

The General Medical Council (GMC) has said that new rules will be published later this week to stop doctors remotely prescribing injectable cosmetic medicines like Botox.

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