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GP advised patients to take pills made by company she worked for

BMJ 2008; 336 doi: (Published 27 March 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:689
  1. Owen Dyer
  1. 1London

    An out of hours GP who encouraged patients to take nutritional supplements from which she stood to profit must work under imposed conditions for 15 months, after a General Medical Council panel found she had abused her power as a doctor.

    Vivienne Balonwu gave promotional leaflets and DVDs that made extravagant claims about the benefits of glyconutrients to four patients whom she visited at their homes in the early weeks of 2006. At the time she was working for the private clinical services company Harmoni, which provides out of hours services for 14 primary care trusts, mostly in the south of England.

    She told the GMC panel that …

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