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Opioids: GPs suspended after prescribing online without verifying patients’ histories

BMJ 2019; 366 doi: (Published 12 August 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;366:l5131
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. The BMJ

Two GPs who prescribed opioids online without verifying patients’ self reported medical histories have been suspended from the UK medical register.

Edward Pooley and Dharson Dharmasena prescribed dihydrocodeine and other powerful pain treatments even though some of their patients refused to consent to their GPs being contacted and informed, a medical practitioners tribunal heard.

Both doctors worked for the White Pharmacy, a private online prescription medication service. Dharmasena was its clinical director from May 2017 until he left in August …

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