IT fault throws e-scripts into chaos

A faulty electronic prescribing system may have caused UK pharmacies to dispense thousands of unintended prescriptions.

A report in UK pharmacy newsletter Chemist + Druggist claims that  between August 24 and September 20, an estimated 1259 pharmacies downloaded 3600 repeat prescriptions that prescribers had tried to cancel but could not because of a technical error with an electronic prescription service.

In a letter sent to affected contractors on September 23, the health and social