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People who don't work in general practice might be forgiven for thinking that one of the perks of working for a GP is having swift access to medical attention. But treating work colleagues is generally discouraged, for sensible reasons. MDU medico-legal adviser Dr Sally Old explains the pitfalls.
consultant paediatrician asks a GP to prescribe a drug she is unfamiliar with for a neonate with complex problems. Who bears the responsibility should something go wrong?
You are asked to prescribe an unlicensed drug, but you believe it is unethical and possibly illegal to prescribe a drug outside of its product licence. What would you do?
Self-prescribing can lead to serious consequences. Read our guidance on prescribing for yourself or for anyone you have a close personal relationship with.
Injuries from weapons such as knives, guns or even crossbows can raise questions over confidentiality and a doctor's duty to contact the authorities.
Contraception is a very common reason for women to consult their doctors; in a small number of cases, problems can arise.
What should I do if a patient refuses to attend for a medication review?
Can I prescribe botox remotely for a nurse to administer?
What should I do if a patient demands antibiotics for a viral infection?
Should I expect a patient's GP to continue prescribing the medication I have initiated?
Can I prescribe an unlicensed drug?
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