Prescription Errors

Prescription Errors

Have you been the victim of prescription medical negligence? A medical negligence specialist, Claims National can give you free help and advice in relation to making a compensation claim.

One of the most common causes of harm in medical negligence comes from error in prescribing. The most frequent type of error in prescribing is patients receiving drugs in which they are allergic to, a dangerous combination of drugs and wrong doses.

Generally, the errors cause little to no harm but, in serious cases, these errors can cause a condition to worsen and in very extreme cases death. When a doctor prescribes any drug he needs to take in account any allergies, any interactions that happen with other drugs you are currently on and sometimes the age and weight of the patient.

Doctors need to take contra-indications into consideration when prescribing as well. Sometimes error happens at dispensing when a Pharmacist gives out the wrong drug or dosage, sometime something as simple as miss labelling a drug.

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Up To
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    One Foot
    Both Feet

  • £42,000

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Although you may feel confident that the prescription you receive from your GP, doctor or medical centre is completely trustworthy and adequate for your injury/condition, you should always check the packaging and read the literature provided with your medication to ensure that it is the right medication for you. Being prescribed with the wrong medication will not only fail to heal your condition, but could also cause severe side effects, and in the worst cases can even cause death, depending on the drug you are taking the dosage of the drug, and how long you have been taking it for.

How are mistakes made when prescribing medicine and treatment?

There are many different ways in which mistakes can be made when prescribing your medicines. The most common examples are as follows:

  • Medication prescribed for too long
  • Incorrect dosage prescribed
  • Patient is allergic to the medicines prescribed
  • Prescribing multiple medicines which should not be taken together

Taking medicines for a long period of time can cause severe damage to the patient’s health as medicines have all sorts of different side effects and implications on your body, depending on the type of medicine you are taking. Taking medications for too long is likely to happen when the patient is able to continuously order the same medication over again, without being examined by a doctor to check that the symptoms of the condition are still there.

Being given the wrong dosage of a medicine can be seriously harmful for patients as overdosing in most types of medicine can cause severe implications on your body, and can even result in death. Most medicines are available in various doses, and therefore it can be quite easy for a GP to prescribe the wrong dose, or for the pharmacist to misread the prescription and give you the wrong dosage. Furthermore, children are generally given smaller doses of medicines, as too much interference with their bodies can cause a stunt in their development. Therefore, it is important that children are prescribed and given child’s doses of medicines. However, mistakes can be made, and it has been known for children to be prescribed with an adult’s dose of medication, causing serious harm for the patient.

Your medical records should clearly show any allergies that you may have alongside any medication that you are known to be allergic to. This helps in the prevention of being prescribed a medicine of which you are allergic to in the future. Despite this, mistakes do happen and although it is unlikely, there have been cases in which the patient has been prescribed a drug that they are allergic to. Taking a drug that you are allergic to can cause serious harm to your body, and can have massive health implications in the long term.

Taking certain drugs with other drugs can be seriously harmful to you and cause serious side effects. It is important that you are not prescribed drugs that shouldn’t be consumed together.

If you have experienced any of the previous situations, then you have been a victim of medical negligence regarding your prescription and you may be entitled to make a claim for compensation regarding your prescription error.