The BMJ reports that thousands of patients in England may have been incorrectly prescribed or taken off statins because of a software error.

The Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency has launched an investigation after a fault was discovered with the digital QRISK2 calculator in ‘SystmOne’,  which assesses cardiovascular risk.

The MHRA said that a third of GP surgeries in England may have been affected and has told the affected practices to contact patients. Apparently some errors date back to 2009.

With thanks to EHLN.

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