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GMC guidance on prescribing
Date: February 22, 2021
GMC guidance on prescribing

GMC has published updated guidance on prescribing, to support doctors who are increasingly seeing patients via remote and virtual consultations.  February 2021

Key updates include:

  • New advice for doctors not to prescribe controlled drugs unless they have access to patient records, except in emergencies.
  • Stronger advice on information sharing, making it clear that if a patient refuses to consent to share information with other relevant health professionals it may be unsafe to prescribe.
  • Alignment with the GMC’s updated Decision making and consent guidance, highlighting the importance of good two-way dialogue between patients and doctors in all settings.