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PACT data for dispensed drugs linked to NHS numbers are available now

BMJ 1998; 316 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.316.7143.1530a (Published 16 May 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;316:1530
  1. T M MacDonald, Clinical reader,
  2. J Parkinson, Client services director,
  3. P G Davey, Clinical reader,
  4. A D Morris, Senior lecturer,
  5. D G McDevitt, Professor,
  6. M M McGilchrist, Senior computer programmer
  1. Medicines Monitoring Unitc (MEMO), Department of Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics, Ninewells Hospital and Medical School, Dundee DD1 9SY

    EDITOR—The Information in Practice article by Majeed et al provided important insights into what can and cannot be obtained from prescribing analysis and cost (PACT) data.1 Their conclusion that the addition of the NHS number to prescriptions would not be feasible until all general practices are fully computerised, however, is incorrect. Since 1990 the Medicines Monitoring Unit has been adding the NHS number (formerly the community health number in Scotland) to all prescriptions for the Tayside region of Scotland (400 000 people) …

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