Prescription Errors Lawyers in St Helens
A Prescription Error Can Put the Patients Life at Risk
There are two main ways that an individual may suffer from a prescription error and therefore receive medication that is unsuitable for them. The first is due to a medical professional prescribing something inappropriately and the second is due to the prescription being dispensed incorrectly by the pharmacy. Whoever it is at fault, the fact still remains that a prescription error has taken place which has consequently put the patient’s life at risk.
The implications of a prescription error are very serious as many people may rely on particular drugs to ensure their general health and without these drugs their life would be in danger. A patient who has taken incorrect medication due to a prescription error can suffer a range of complications.
A delay in receiving the medication they actually require due to a prescription error can cause an existing condition to become worse, or the incorrect medication can cause them harm.
A Prescription Error Can Result in a Variety of Reactions
A prescription error can result in a variety of reactions ranging from mild effects such as temporary dizziness, headaches or nausea to serious injuries such as organ damage. Unfortunately in some cases, the result of a prescription error can be devastating and even fatal.
The following are common examples of dispensing and prescription errors:
- The wrong medication being prescribed
- Incorrect labels or computer error causing the wrong drug to be dispensed
- The wrong dose or strength of a drug
- Medication prescribed for too long
- Medication prescribed to the wrong patient
- Medication supplied which patient is allergic to
- Two or more medicines being prescribed which should not be taken together
- Doctors incorrectly writing up the dose of a drug, leading to the patient receiving an overdose.
- Prescribing children an adult dose of a drug which can be harmful to their health.
Always Check Your Medication To Reduce the Likelihood of a Prescription Error
Although in an ideal situation, you should be able to trust that you have been given the correct medication, we advise that you take some measures that can help to avoid suffering from a prescription error. You should always check the packaging, contents and instructions included with all medicines before taking it in case there has been a prescription error. You should also check that the medication you are given by the chemist matches the prescription you handed and always query any discrepancies with your pharmacist.
If you have suffered from a prescription error then it is important that you seek legal advice as you may be able to claim compensation for your pain and suffering. At Hattons we have experienced solicitors who can assess the circumstances of the case and advise you on your options, helping you to decide on the best way forward.
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