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NICE does U-turn on eczema drug

A GP has spotted a previously unrecognised source of prescribing errors that could be placing patients at risk from drug interactions.

Dr Pawan Randev, a GP in Amersham, Buckinghamshire, noticed that GPs were often failing to record drugs initiated in secondary or tertiary care in their prescribing records.

He has alerted the National Patient Safety Agency, but in the meantime, has devised a novel coding system. He adds 'Hospital issue ONLY' to the prescribing record and places '1' in the number of tablets prescribed as a warning to pharmacists.

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