One in six people are the victims of prescription errors by their GP, with 4% of those errors being classed as severe, a General Medical Council review has announced today (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-17911049).
We have all suffered minor illnesses which mean that we have to visit our GP. Usually for infections and the like we are prescribed antibiotics and we then attend the chemist down the road to pick up our prescription. Errors can occur both at the GP surgery and at the pharmacy. Whilst the majority of these errors are minor, being given the wrong dose or wrong drug can have a wide range of consequences, from a few days of nausea and vomiting to severe skin reactions. In some cases, prescription errors can also be fatal.
At Neil Hudgell Solicitors, we deal with prescription and dispensing error claims on a regular basis and can ensure that compensation can be obtained as quickly and as smoothly as possible. Common types of claim include:
- Prescription of incorrect medication
- Prescribing the wrong dose or the wrong frequency of medication
- A failure to note an allergy to certain types of medication, commonly Penicillin
- Being given the wrong patient’s medication whilst in hospital
Don’t suffer in silence. If you believe you’ve being prescribed medication incorrectly by your healthcare professional, speak to our friendly and expert team for free, no obligation advice.