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Internet drug GP suspended by GMC
Dr Julian Eden
Dr Eden was an internet pioneer
A doctor who prescribed large amounts of dangerous addictive drugs over the internet has been suspended from the medical register.

A General Medical Council hearing was told Dr Julian Eden adopted a "cavalier attitude".

Dr Eden, medical director of the online service e-med.co.uk, was suspended for nine months.

It is believed to be the longest-ever suspension for a doctor involved in prescribing drugs over the internet.

GMC panel chairman Richard Kyle said it was "appropriate and proportionate" to suspend Dr Eden's registration.

The GMC upheld a string of charges against Dr Eden, whose private clinic is based at the St John's and St Elizabeth Hospital in north west London.

He had already admitted various other charges, including prescribing 60 sedatives to a suicidal 16-year-old boy despite his history of self-harming and psychiatric care.

The teenager overdosed on the drugs two months later after obtaining a repeat prescription, despite still not having had a face-to-face consultation with the GP.

Dr Eden was the first doctor in the UK to offer both a diagnosis and prescriptions to patients over the internet.


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