Computer Misreads Prescription

by Medindia Content Team on  December 17, 2006 at 3:22 AM News on IT in Healthcare
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Computer Misreads  Prescription
A computer misread the prescription given by a general practitioner for an anti-smoking pill Zyban, as Viagra. Zyban was prescribed to smokers, among the residents of Glasgow, who were trying to kick the habit.
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The BBC reported that, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde said, due to an error the computer selected sildenafil, the name for Viagra instead of anti-smoking pill Zyban.

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'At no time was patient care affected by this as all prescriptions are subject to stringent double checking,' says a spokesman for NHS.

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