Students may save the NHS £500m
Samena Chaudhry Birmingham
New computer software developed by a group of undergraduates could save the NHS millions of pounds by prescribing cheaper drugs. The “Script Switch” program, developed by a group of students at Warwick University, will automatically search for the least expensive form of medicine when a GP writes a prescription.
The students estimate that the software could shave 10% off the £5bn NHS drug budget, a saving of £500m a year, and the undergraduates say that dozens of GPs are already interested. “This will enable GPs to do the best job they can,” said Andrew Bodsworth, a mature student who is studying computer science at Warwick and who is part of the team.
“The software will search all available information to optimise the cost efficiency of the prescription. The package will not only search for cheaper generic rather than branded drugs, but will also search out less expensive forms of a