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Non-Prescribers – What You Need to Know about Botulinum Toxin

What are you allowed to do? What qualifications are required? Should I become a prescriber? How to find a prescriber to work with?

Derma Medical have been providing advice on this for years. We have pulled together some of the most commonly asked questions regarding prescribing and answered them for you. If you can’t see what you’re looking for or would like to talk it through it in further detail, please contact us.

Who Can Prescribe Botulinum Toxin?

Doctors, dentists, nurse prescribers and prescribing pharmacists that have trained in administering botulinum toxin are able to write prescriptions to order Injectables.

What If I Am Not a Prescriber?

We train many non-prescribers on the course and it is very common for nurses, midwives, pharmacists and other medical professionals without prescribing rights to train in Injectables and dermal fillers. In fact, 30-40% of our delegates are non-prescribers.

To obtain botulinum toxin, non-prescribing practitioners will need to buddy up with a local prescriber or use a prescribing service.

Your prescriber will need to complete an initial face to face consultation with the patient before writing the prescription. They do no need to be present when you administer the treatment.

Do I Need a Prescription for Dermal Fillers?

No, once you have completed a training course in dermal fillers you will be able to order products yourself without a prescription. Pharmacies will often ask for copies of you training certificates details of your indemnity insurance when setting up an account.

We will also put you in touch with reps from some of the manufacturers who can offer you discounts and deals for ordering direct.

Buddying up with a Local Prescriber

Buddying up with a local prescriber can be easier than you realise:

  • Contacting medical colleague/ friends who are local and may be able to prescriber for you or recommend someone else that can.
  • Advertising the need for a prescriber on your social media accounts.
  • We also find many prescribers and non-prescribers buddy on our training courses to help each other out.

You can expect to pay the prescriber a small fee of around 10% for consulting the patient and writing the prescription – however the mark up on botulinum toxin treatments is usually 300-400% so you will see make a good profit from performing treatments.

If you don’t have a local prescriber to buddy up with you can also use a prescriber service.

Prescriber Service

Prescriber services have a network of approved local prescribers willing to consult patients and write prescriptions. Typically, these services charge a fee of around £40 for which they send out a local prescriber to review your patient face to face and write a prescription.

Derma Medical are able to recommend prescriber services for delegates to use after completing one of our Injectables and dermal filler training courses.

Ordering Injectables

Once you have a prescription for botulinum toxin, you will need to order the product.

If you use a prescriber service, they will often order the Injectables for you and have it sent out to you. You then pay them for the cost of the products and the consultation fee.

You can also order Injectables yourself via one of the online cosmetic pharmacies (HealthXchange, Church Pharmacy and Wigmore Medical are all popular choices). Once you have an account you can add in your prescriber’s details – and then order and pay for botulinum toxin or other prescription drugs. Your prescriber will then be emailed to asked to log in and e-sign the prescription. Once approved, products are then sent out to you by next day delivery allowing you to treat you patient.

Becoming a Prescriber/ V300 Prescribing Course

Nurses, midwives, and pharmacists are all able to gain prescribing rights by completing the V300 course. There are also plans to open this qualification up to paramedics and other medical professionals in the near future.

The V300 qualification is usually run through universities so check with your local university or search Google for “v300 course universities”.

We recommend contacting the university, who will then be able to give you the best advice and guidance on the latest course information. As well as eligibility, pricing, duration, and content may vary.

Universities often like applicants to have 6-12 months of experience in non-surgical cosmetic injectable treatments before enrolling on the V300. We would therefore advise you to train on our Foundation or Combined Injectables & Dermal Fillers training course first and then apply for the V300 once you have some experience.

Training in Aesthetic Medicine

Derma Medical teach botulinum toxin and dermal filler training courses to medical professionals internationally. We hold regular training courses in London, Manchester, Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney, Perth (Australia), Stockholm (Sweden) and Dubai (UAE). Our hands-on practical training with more live models, unique landmark based training and business/employment advice make us the UK’s No.1 aesthetic training provider.

If you’d like to discuss prescribing or any aspects of our training courses prior to booking, please call us during office hours on 020 3873 7610 or email training@dermamedical.co.uk

Helen Gavin
Helen Gavin

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