Wrinkle Relaxing Injections such as the well know Botox has over the years caused many a discussion on its safety and the way it is administered. The General Medical Council (GMC) will issue new rules to UK Doctors, this week, stating that only prescription of Botox and other botulinum toxin products can only happen when a doctor has seen a patient face-to-face. Doctors may still delegate the administration of it to someone under their supervision, such as a nurse, but the new rule offers full proof safety of the way botox is administered.
Unethical scenes have taken place all over the UK with doctors prescribing Botox over the phone or internet without having even seen the patient. Full assessment of the patient should and must always happen to ensure they are suitable to receive such treatment. Treatment must also only be administered by the doctor, and only by a nurse when under supervision of the doctor.
The practice of remote prescribing has already been condemned by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) who state that nurses treating patients with botulinum toxins following a remote consultation, are going against the NMC standards and thus risk their registration if they continue with this.
Doctors can face being struck off the GMC Register should they not follow this new rule too.
These rules are laid down for the safety of the patients. It is important for patients to research the clinic and it’s doctors to ensure that they are fully registered.