Following the BBC report of July 9th in which he was secretly filmed admitting to the remote prescribing of Botox, Harley Street doctor Mark Harrison has been suspended by the GMC, it was announced yesterday. Dr Harrison is awaiting the news as to whether he will face a fitness to practice panel and remains unable to practice as a doctor for up to 18 months in the meantime.
This news serves to reinforce the message that GMC are serious about enforcing their latest guidelines for the prescription of Botox: doctors must only prescribe following a face-to-face consultation with the patient.
While the NMC guidance to nurses has not changed, it is a timely reminder to nurses to comply with appropriate guidelines – Botox may only be administered after a nurse prescriber, dentist or doctor has issued a prescription following a face-to-face consultation.
Here at Cosmetica we will continue to monitor developments for the benefit of all the medical professionals who are our customers. Our training courses will include the latest advice on compliance with professional guidance, and our Prescribing Service is available to help nurses continue to administer Botox while protecting their NMC registration.