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Just as you trust your physician to always look out for your best interest, and take care of you in every way possible you look at your pharmacist to help carry out those orders. Unfortunately, the National Patient Safety Agency (NSPCA) has reported that incidents involving incorrect or inappropriate dispensation of medication have increased every year. Some time ago a report from the School of Pharmacy (University of London) has also shown that 10% of paediatric prescriptions contain errors.
Common Pharmaceutical Errors
There is always a chance for human error, whether it is within the hospital, a care home, or an independent pharmacist. Errors made in prescribing medication include: incorrect dosage prescribed (leading to overdose or under-medication), prescribing medication to a patient with a developed allergy to an ingredient, prescribing medication known to counteract with another medication the patient is taking, and simply giving repeat prescriptions for a period of time without a review. There can also be errors with dispensing medication, such as: incorrect labelling, simply giving the wrong medication to the wrong patient, and incorrect dosage being dispensed by the pharmacist.
The consequences of a patient taking the incorrect medication can be absolutely trivial, or fatal. Naturally, it is all dependent on the type of medication, and the patient himself. Most errors are thankfully detected by the healthcare professional (or sometimes the patient himself). Depending on the medication issues and the patient’s health status, the results can be that the victim is simply feeling “off,” or that he needs to be hospitalised.
Proving Medical Negligence
Proving your claim can be lengthy and expensive – which is why it is imperative to have the right medical lawyer on your side. Our Medical Negligence Lawyers will help you with two key points – proving negligence and an adverse reaction. When a healthcare professional or pharmacist prescribes or dispenses incorrect medication, it demonstrates a lack of care (that is the level of care is below that which is expected of a professional with his qualifications and expertise). The victim must also be able to prove that they have suffered an adverse reaction to the medication – for example, an illness or injury as a direct result of the medical mix-up.
Contacting a Medical Lawyer
To make a claim for medical negligence or compensation, it is recommended our Medical Negligence Lawyers are contacted immediately. Our lawyers can help you ensure that you are retrieving the right information in a timely manner. It is absolutely vital that a claimant obtains an original information and packaging regarding the medication (including dosage, directions, and ingredient sheets), as this will only help to support the case, should you need to make a claim. Our Medical Negligence Lawyers can also help with providing expert testimonies or simply expert information, regarding your case and cases similar.
A pharmaceutical error is a serious matter – one in which nobody should take lightly, as the outcome can be absolutely life changing. If you feel this has happened with you, it is recommended you contact our expert Medical Negligence Lawyers immediately for free legal advice.
If you or a loved one has suffered from pharmacy error you should contact us as soon as you can.
There are time limits which must be followed.
- Adults must file a claim for compensation within three years from the date of the incident or three years from the date of acknowledgement that the injury or illness is a result of medical negligence.
- Children have until their 21st birthday in which a claim must be filed. This is regardless of when the accident took place.
- Adults and children without mental capacity have no time limit in which they can file a claim. This rule is very specific so if you believe this is relative in your case you should contact or Medical Negligence Lawyers to make sure this rule applies to you.
If a claim is filled too late you may lose the right to compensation which is rightfully yours.
If you or a loved one has suffered from pharmacy negligence contact us today and receive a free no obligation consultation with one of our Medical Negligence Lawyers. You can get in touch by filling in our online claim form, requesting a call back or by calling us on the number above.
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