Statins alert over computer blunder

Stephen NewmanLast Update : Thursday 12 May 2016 - 11:23 AM
Statins alert over computer blunder

Statins alert over computer blunder

  • 12 May 2016
  • From the section Health
Cholesterol-lowering drugImage copyright Science photo library
Image caption Statins are the most commonly prescribed medicines in the UK

Thousands of NHS patients may have been given or denied statins due to a computer glitch.

GP surgeries are being told to contact patients who may have been incorrectly prescribed the cholesterol-lowering drugs.

The alert follows the discovery of a problem with a computer tool used to assess a patient’s risk of heart disease.

Doctors have been told to recall patients who have been affected.

The medicines regulator, the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency, has launched an investigation.

“We are working closely with the company responsible for the software to establish the problem and address any issues identified,” said a spokesperson.

“Clinical advice is that the risk to patients is low and only a limited number of patients are potentially affected.

“GPs have been informed and they will contact individual patients should any further action be necessary.”

The computer tool is used to help GP surgeries assess the potential risk of cardiovascular disease in patients.

Source: BBC Health

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