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SystmOneMay 16 2016

General practices using TPP’s SystmOne have been advised not to use its QRISK2 calculator until a potential problem the software has been addressed.

Concerns have been raised that the algorithm in the software was incorrectly calculating the risk of cardiovascular disease for some patients. The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) is investigating the problem and has said it is “working with TPP, the software provider, as a matter of urgency, to make sure the identified issue is resolved and that any affected patients are identified.”

The risk to patients is considered low, and has potentially affected only a limited number of patients. “TPP will be in communication with practices to inform them of any patients who may be affected,” said the MHRA. In the mean time, GPs wishing to use the QRISK algorithm, can access a version on the QRISK website.

The British Heart Foundation has advised “anyone who is worried about their statins prescription or CVD risk in light of this news to make an appointment to see their GP and flag this with them.”

Dr Imran Rafi, RCGP Chair of Clinical Innovation and Research, added: “It is essential that the tools we use to inform this is accurate. Our patients should be reassured that the MHRA have said that the risk to patients is low – but any error in the technology we use to inform the advice we give our patients is very serious.

“With statins being such a controversial treatment, amongst both doctors and patients, anyway, the seriousness of this error is particularly pronounced. The decision to prescribe statins to patients is never taken lightly, and those who are prescribed them will undertake regular medication reviews.” He advised any patients who may have concerns to make a non-urgent appointment to discuss the matter with their GP.

Links:

MHRA announcement

MHRA alert to GPs

QRISK website

BHF statement

RCGP statement

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