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Banned internet doctor gave drugs to suicidal teenager

PUBLISHED: 13:57 26 August 2009 | UPDATED: 16:23 07 September 2010

AN internet doctor in St John s Wood is facing being struck off after he prescribed drugs to patients online despite being suspended from practice. Dr Julian Eden was found guilty of misconduct on Tuesday for breaching a ban preventing him prescribing dru

AN internet doctor in St John's Wood is facing being struck off after he prescribed drugs to patients online despite being suspended from practice.

Dr Julian Eden was found guilty of misconduct on Tuesday for breaching a ban preventing him prescribing drugs over the internet.

Eden ran a successful online site called 'e-med' from his practice based at St John and St Elizabeth Hospital for five years - until he was found guilty of mis-prescribing drugs in 2007 and was banned for two years.

In the most serious case he gave 60 sedatives to a suicidal teenager who later overdosed.

Eden was found guilty for a second time after a GMC disciplinary hearing this week which was told of other occasions when he prescribed drugs without proper checks and put patients at risk.

The hearing was told that Eden continued to operate his website making "easy money" while he attempted to appeal the two-year suspension at the High Court.

In one case, he gave a woman a 16 month dose of the highly addictive painkiller dihydrocodeine without checking if she had a GP.

Eden is now a director of the London Diving Chamber, which offers NHS-funded treatment to divers suffering from decompression sickness.

GMC panel chair Keith Rix said: "The panel finds that Dr Eden's actions and omissions constitute misconduct of a serious nature."

The GMC will now consider whether Eden should be removed from the profession.


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