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Observations Ethics Man

The drip, drip, drip of the profit motive

BMJ 2019; 366 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.l4692 (Published 16 July 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;366:l4692
  1. Daniel Sokol, medical ethicist and barrister
  1. 12 King’s Bench Walk, London
  1. daniel.sokol{at}talk21.com
    Follow Daniel on Twitter @DanielSokol9

Doctors should stay clear of “wellness” ventures

A few years ago I was instructed to advise a client on the lawfulness of people who weren’t doctors practising hair transplant surgery. I discovered that there was no law prohibiting an unregistered, unlicensed, or unqualified person from practising most types of medicine.

This permissive legal landscape has contributed to the growth of aesthetic procedures performed by non-clinicians and a lucrative beauty and “wellness” sector.

Perhaps lured by the money, doctors are entering the scene and offering all sorts of treatments from Botox to penis fillers.

Get a Drip is one of several companies in the UK and the US that provide intravenous “wellness” drips, injections, …

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