Botox prescriptions over phone or internet to be banned


There is to be a major overhaul of the rules surrounding the cosmetic drug Botox, the BBC has learned.

Doctors are to be banned from prescribing it, and other similar injectable cosmetic drugs, over the phone or internet.

It comes as an investigation by BBC London exposed concerns about the practices of a Harley Street doctor. Dr Mark Harrison encourages nurses to order drugs in one person's name for use on another. In one case he prescribed Botox after treatment had been given by leaving an answerphone message.

BBC London's Alex Bushill talks to Dr Andrew Vallance-Owen of Independent Healthcare Advisory Services, and plastic surgeon Nigel Mercer.

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