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Legal Action Over Fake BOTOX Prescriptions

April 26, 2017

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Nurse Struck Off

An aesthetic nurse has been struck off by the NMC and given a suspended sentence for faking over £3k of BOTOX prescriptions.

The story has been featured widely in the press including the Sun, Mail, Express, Guardian and ITV – as well as industry, legal and regional media.

BOTOX Legislation

UK law currently allows BOTOX to be injected without any qualification; yet it cannot be dispensed without a prescription as it is a prescription-only medication.

Kate Matthew was found to have obtained six prescriptions by using the photocopied signature of a doctor she met on a course. The fraud was discovered when a pharmacy contacted the doctor with a query and the doctor knew nothing about that particular prescription.

Prosecutors said the nurse had initially developed a working relationship with the doctor after meeting on a course. The arrangement was that the doctor would prescribe BOTOX for Matthew’s clients. When that business relationship came to an end, Matthew forged the doctor’s signature to obtain more BOTOX.

Presenting officer Bryony Dongray explained:

“The doctor received a letter from a private pharmacy. Having no idea what the prescription was in relation to, the doctor contacted the pharmacy. The doctor had written blank prescriptions in good faith. These prescriptions were photocopied and reused on six occasions.”

Following an investigation and a fitness to practise hearing before the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), Ms Matthew was struck off indefinitely from working as a registered nurse.

In a separate criminal prosecution, Ms Matthew pleaded guilty to 6 counts of fraud and received an 32 week prison sentence suspended for 18 months. She was also ordered to carry out 200 hours unpaid work by Cardiff Crown Court.

Finding a Prescriber

This case underlines the importance for BOTOX practitioners of finding a prescriber and ensuring that all prescriptions are properly written for each individual patient.

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2 responses to “Legal Action Over Fake BOTOX Prescriptions”

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