Remote Prescribing of Botox

21st December 2015


As recently reported in the Times and the Daily Mail, lack of regulation of the cosmetic medicine industry could still be putting patients at risk.

The NHS advises all patients looking to have Botox to have a face to face consultation with their doctor before having a procedure, but an undercover report from the Times indicated that treatments are still being given with no proper assessment from medical professionals, and doctors are in some cases remotely prescribing Botox which could potentially be used by untrained practitioners.

Our President, Nigel Mercer, urged doctors to follow the regulations. "These stipulate that doctors should have first-hand experience of the patient before they can prescribe botox. It isn't up to the doctor to decide what they can or cannot prescribe remotely: this is a decision for the GMC"


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