Medical Negligence: Errors Prescribing Medicine*

The incorrect prescription of medications can occur sometimes due to dispensing errors by a pharmacist. If this has happened to you, and you have suffered as a result, you may be entitled to make a personal injury claim. Please contact us for advice on how best to proceed.

Types of Prescription Errors can include:

  • Wrong prescription
  • Incorrect dosage
  • Wrong combination of medication
  • Known allergy to medication not considered
  • Dispensing errors

It is the norm to visit your GP when you are sick. Often you will be prescribed medication to overcome the illness. Errors in your prescription can occur for example if the treating doctor prescribes the wrong medication or an incorrect dosage and this leads you to suffer unintended side effects. If the issue involves an incorrect medication or dosage, liability may lie with the doctor who prescribed it.

Medication can also be harmful when taken in combination with other medication. Doctors should be aware of medication that should not be taken together. If a doctor prescribed a medication that should not be combined with another medication that a you as patient are taking and you suffer because of it you may be entitled to make a claim for compensation.

A doctor may also prescribe medication without checking your medical history. If a doctor does this and you are caused to suffer an allergic reaction which has serious consequences you may have a claim in medical negligence.

These prescription errors can also occur in a hospital setting.

Prescription errors may also occur where the treating doctor has given you the correct prescription and the pharmacist dispenses a different medication or the incorrect dosage of the medication and you suffer unnecessarily as a result. Pharmacists have a duty of care to the people who ask them to fill a prescription. If a pharmacist's error caused you injury, then you may have a valid medical negligence claim.

If you think you may have been prescribed medication in error or, medication was dispensed in error please do not hesitate to contact our team at HOMS Assist.

 

*In contentious business, a solicitor may not calculate fees or other charges as a percentage or proportion of any award or settlement

Rachael O'Shaughnessy medical negligence and injury litigation solicitor
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