Doctor who gave consultations and prescriptions on the internet is suspendedBMJ 2007; 334 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39136.426863.DB (Published 01 March 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;334:446
- Owen Dyer
A GP who ran internet consultations for patients was last week suspended for nine months by the GMC for irresponsible prescribing.
Julian Eden was found to have acted irresponsibly, or not in the patient's best interests, in the cases of three patients and two undercover journalists who applied for prescriptions to his website, e-med (http://e-med.co.uk).
The most serious case, the GMC panel found, was that of a teenage boy, referred to as Patient A, who acknowledged in his online application that he was prone to self harm, smoked cannabis, entertained suicidal thoughts, and was inw the care of child psychiatric services. Despite this Dr Eden gave him repeat prescriptions of propranolol without a face to face consultation. Patient A eventually overdosed on the drug, but he survived.