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    In a recent episode of "Call the Midwife", a young girl was suffering severe period pain. A young Dr gave her some Pethidine tablets.
    Pethidine was first synthesised when trying to make atropine. It has smooth muscle relaxant properties as well as being a potent analgesic.
    I was at a locume in the late 50s when a young lady identified herself as a Dr and presented a legal script for Pethidine for herself. I cautioned her that this was a controlled drug and that GMC not approving of self medication with restricted medicines.
    In the 80s a dr presented NHS scripts for antibiotics for himself and family. I cautioned him, but he replied it was legal. After that, Another Dr was doing the same with Temazepam. I cautioned him and showed him the GMC statement which I now carried in my locum bag.
    Girls viewing the TV show may well think that Pethidine is the answer to their problem and could ask their Dr to prescribe. If they are Drs themselves they may well prescribe for them selves.
    It was Pethidine that started Dr Shipman on the slippery slope.

    Last edited by johnep; 12th, February 2020, 12:31 PM.

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    It might be legal but leaves that prescriber open to accusations. The worst is when they use an NHS prescription pad to write precriptions for their own family by hand no PMR audit trail on the medical practice computer!
    Last edited by Primrose; 25th, February 2020, 03:06 PM. Reason: Mispelt!!