According to the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, almost a third of current General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) fitness to practise investigations relate to pharmacy professionals who work in online pharmacies.

It said a GPHC a spokesperson said that the regulator had 600 open fitness to practise investigations — of which just over 30% involved individuals working within online pharmacies.

“Due in part to the prescribing models some online services are using, we have seen a large increase in referrals from members of the public, coroners, clinicians and our inspectorate which concern unsafe prescribing or prescribing outside scope of practice and the level of harm caused or risk posed,” the spokesperson said.

“The action we are taking in fitness to practise is in direct response to the risk posed by these practices.”

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