Recent studies suggest that more than 200 million medication errors occur in the NHS every year. And although three in four errors are unlikely to result in harm, some medication errors can cause irreversible damage or even death. Approximately 700 deaths per year are classed as ‘avoidable adverse drug reactions'.
Medication errors can occur because of negligent prescribing of medication by a GP, or because of dispensing errors by a pharmacist.
Minor symptoms might include temporary dizziness or sickness, but in some circumstances, prescription errors can result in long-term damage to vital organs, particularly the kidneys, which can have serious, long-lasting implications.
Examples of medication error claims:
- Incorrect dosage
- Incorrect medication either because of misdiagnosis or unsuitability for a patient
- Incompatible medication prescribed to a patient with existing medication needs
- Adult dosage prescribed to a child
- Patient allergy
- Unchecked repeat prescriptions
- Medication given to the wrong patient
- Labelling errors
- Incorrect dosage dispensed
Our specialist team of medical negligence solicitors, including Sara Westwood and Simon Bransby formerly of Morgan Jones Pett, can help you understand why you may have suffered a preventable injury caused by a medication error. We will explore the restorative treatments available and pursue prescription error claims for you. Call us on 01603 660 811 to find out more.
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