Private prescribing of controlled drugs needs closer scrutiny

BMJ 1995; 310 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.310.6991.1407b (Published 27 May 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:1407
  1. Elizabeth Parameshwar
  1. Senior registrar in psychiatry Drug Dependence Unit, St Mary's Hospital, London W2 1NY

    EDITOR,—The prescribing of controlled drugs to drug misusers by private practitioners raises some ethical questions.1 Whether drug users should be prescribed central nervous system stimulants for a fee is particularly controversial. The only accepted medical indications for dexamphetamine are narcolepsy and childhood hyperkinetic syndrome,2 and treating stimulant dependence by prescribing stimulants is by no means universally accepted. However, it is common to find drug misusers getting a combination of methadone, dexamphetamine, and benzodiazepines from private sources. …

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