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BMJ Careers have just published an article about doctors who self prescribe. In the UK it is technically legal but also potentially dangerous and unethical.
Is being about to self prescribe a perk of the job? Is it a convenient way to quickly prescribe for yourself or for family members?
Between 2008 and 2011, the Medical Defence Union handled 36 cases where pharmacists and medical colleagues reported GPs who self prescribed, mainly prescribing antibiotics and benzodiazepines.
Could self prescribing lead to receiving a lack of objective medical opinion? Can doctors objectively self prescribe?
Link to BMJ Careers article: http://bit.ly/yTGVqo