Concern over software allergy alert

GPs are being urged to double-check how they input drug allergies into Best Practice software, after it emerged some potentially serious alerts may not be triggered.

The popular desktop program, used by 3000 general  practices, allows doctors to list a patient’s allergy to an individual ingredient, a specific drug or a whole class.

In its default setting, when a drug from the same class as a noted allergen is prescribed, Best Practice will flag the potential reaction only if the original allergy was entered as a class effect.

But concern