Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Saskatchewan Lab's Coding Error Sends Wrong Results of Drug Testing to Doctors

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Saskatchewan Lab's Coding Error Sends Wrong Results of Drug Testing to Doctors

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Lab coding error sends wrong drug results to doctors

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REGINA - Saskatchewan's only drug-testing laboratory says a computer coding error resulted in doctors getting incorrect reports about two drugs that their patients were using.

Patrick O'Byrne, executive director of the Roy Romanow Provincial Laboratory in Regina, says testing for 42 drugs on 458 patients was done correctly, but wrong information about two drugs -- codeine and Benadryl -- was sent to doctors.

O'Byrne says doctors were told their patients did not test positive for the two drugs when in fact they did.

"A coding error occurred in the programming for our laboratory information on Oct. 25," O'Byrne said Tuesday. "We thought that error had been corrected, but the correction was imperfect and two of the 42 tests were not corrected. …

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