10 July 2012

The General Medical Council (GMC) is banning doctors from prescribing anti-ageing drugs such as Botox via the telephone unless they have met the patient, the BBC has learned. Botox is a potentially dangerous substance if not used correctly and the GMC believes a face-to-face meeting must take place between the doctor and patient before it can be issued over the phone or internet.The new rules regarding prescriptions are due to be published later this week. Chief executive of the GMC Niall Dickson said: There are good reasons why these are prescription-only medicines and we believe doctors should assess any patient in person before issuing a prescription of this kind. Botox can be used to reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles and tackle cases of excessive perspiration. It is a non-permanent, non-invasive surgery that requires little recovery time. As well as doctors, nurses are permitted to prescribe Botox if they have an independent prescribing qualification. Those without the qualification can inject the drug under the supervision of a doctor, but they risk being struck off if this is done remotely.