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Lost prescriptions on the rise

6th March 2009

Figures released by the Conservative Party have shown that the number of prescriptions lost or stolen in England rose by 50% during 2007/08.

Almost 46,000 prescriptions containing sensitive patient data were unaccounted for during the year, often in transit between pharmacies and the arm of the NHS that reimburses the costs. The forms contain a patient's name, address, NHS number, date of birth and details of the drugs they are prescribed. Overall, about 364,000 prescriptions went missing in the period from 1997 to 2008.

 

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