The incorrect dosage prescribed by your GP or an error in making up your prescription at a hospital or pharmacy can be very serious and have life-threatening consequences.
When an avoidable mistake is made with your prescription, you can suffer a number of short term symptoms such as headaches, dizziness or sickness to more serious damage affecting organs, such as the kidneys, which potentially can be fatal.
Incorrect medication or dosage may not only cause injury to health but can also leave you without the medication you actually need or trigger an adverse reaction when mixed with their other types of medication.
Of course we take each of the steps from receiving an accurate diagnosis, being prescribed the appropriate medication, receiving the correctly made-up prescription for granted.
Yet at each step of the way, you are entitled to receive proper care from the professional who is treating you, which also means receiving the correct medication and the right dosage. Your doctor or pharmacy will be liable for negligence or errors made in either prescribing or dispensing your medication.
Our specialist clinical negligence team at Your Legal Friend are experienced in finding out why you may have suffered a preventable injury caused by a medication prescription error. We can help you bring those responsible to account, and crucially, ensure you obtain an explanation, an apology and compensation for subsequent harm caused.
There are currently more than 26,000 adverse drug reaction (ADR) reports caused by medication errors, each year.
Of the one billion annual prescription items prescribed by NHS in England primary care:
(NHS England - Stage Three: Directive -Improving medication error incident reporting and learning - March 2014)
An error can occur at any stage:
While a growing range of advanced medication is now available in packets, sachets and bottles, pharmacists will often be required to make up a patient prescription according to a doctor’s instructions. Despite of strict controls to maintain the highest standards, pharmacists can still make an error.
Contraindications are health-related conditions which are incompatible with a medicine or treatment. To ensure that a particular medication is not going to cause harm, the pharmacist is required to request specific information from the patient or their doctor when dispensing certain medicines.
Although you are responsible for advising your doctor in advance of any allergies or health conditions, you should always check that the medicine, pills or lotions received, and the stated dosage, match the original prescription.
Your first step... is to bring your concerns that an error may have occurred with your prescription to the attention of the relevant doctor, hospital or pharmacy.
Making a clinical negligence claim...
If you have suffered a serious illness or injury as a result of a prescription or dispensing error, you may have good grounds for making a clinical negligence claim.
To make your case for a medication prescription error...
You must be able to establish two key points:
As experienced clinical negligence specialists we know that if you or a member of your family have received an incorrect medication or an error in your prescription , you will feel the system has let you down and may even have caused you harm.
We are committed to obtain answers for you and to find out why the procedures in place failed to prevent an error being made in your case, and to seek compensation for remedial treatment and suffering caused.