GMC accuses doctor of handing out slimming pills “as if they were Smarties”

BMJ 2007; 334 doi: (Published 18 January 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;334:117
  1. Owen Dyer
  1. 1London

    A doctor at a London slimming clinic doled out pills “as if they were Smarties,” the General Medical Council heard last week.

    Imon Bondyopadhyay, who ran the London West Slimming Clinic in Townsend Road, Southall, west London, is accused before the GMC's fitness to practise panel of prescribing excessive quantities of addictive drugs, including benzodiazepines, phentermine, and buprenorphine.

    One patient, referred to as Ms A, died after taking a “therapeutic dose” of lorazepam and diazepam combined with alcohol, leading to a coroner's verdict of misadventure.

    The GMC counsel Tom Kark said Ms A spent about £100 (€150; $200) a …

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