A doctor who encouraged nurses to ignore General Medical Council rules about remotely prescribing drugs such as Botox has been suspended for up to 18 months pending a review.
Harley Street doctor Dr Mark Harrison was exposed by a BBC London investigation telling nurses how Botox prescriptions could be acquired in one person’s name for use on someone else, despite this practise being banned.
Doctors are forbidden, under GMC rules, from prescribing injectable cosmetic medicines, over the phone, fax or online without a face-to-face consultation with a patient. But Dr Harrison was secretly recorded telling nurses to obtain Botox in other peoples’ names for use on walk-in patients.
The GMC will decide whether he will face a fitness to practise panel.
Dr Harrison said in a statement that the practise of using one person’s name for the treatment of others was “common almost universal practice throughout the aesthetics industry” and had “no consequence for patient safety”.