Pharmacists are registered doctors and as such any mishandling of your prescriptions is a case of medical negligence. In some cases, the negligence can stem all the way back to your doctor as well, as is the case of poorly handwritten prescription notes.
Prescription negligence or pharmacy negligence can have devastating consequences.
What Are Some Examples of Pharmacy Negligence?
There are several ways that pharmacies could be negligent when it comes to their operation. This mistake could risk the life of one of their customers, as some medications can cause allergic reactions or must be taken with care. If you are given the wrong medicine in your usual prescription dosages, you could accidentally overdose, and so on.
Some of the examples of pharmacy negligence include:
1. Administrative Issues
This often occurs from junior staff who have yet to reach their full qualification. The pharmacy and pharmacist on duty, however, is still responsible.
2. Incorrect Dispensing
This happens when you are given the wrong medication. The medication can either be in a different pill bottle or in one you are familiar with. If you do not recognise your medication always double check to make sure you have the right one.
3. Incorrect Transcriptions
Doctor’s poor handwriting has resulted in many incorrect prescriptions being handed out.
What Are the Dangers of Pharmacy Negligence?
There are so many dangers when it comes to NHS medical negligence. On the light end of the scale, you could suffer from mild symptoms like nausea or headaches. In the worst case scenario, you might have an allergic reaction to the medication and end up dead. Even if you don’t die, an allergic reaction could cause permanent damage to your liver, kidneys, heart, and other vital areas in your body. It could even result in brain damage or failure.
How Can You Protect Yourself From Pharmacy Negligence?
Though you can seek out financial compensation after the fact, nothing will make up for not being able to live the fullest life due to a pharmacist error. That is why you should always check the medication you are given, ensure that the prescription your doctor writes for you is either digital or written clearly, be aware of what symptoms to expect, and if you ever doubt anything during the process remember to ask. Even if the prescription was given out correctly, you can still face adverse side effects and will need to go to a doctor immediately.
What Can You Do If You Have Been the Victim of Pharmacy Negligence?
If you have already been a victim of pharmacy negligence, or know someone who has been, then there are a few things that you can do. Claiming compensation through a medical negligence claim is just one of them, but if the case uncovers gross negligence or criminal negligence, then the pharmacist in question could lose their license and even go to jail.
How much compensation you receive will depend on the severity of the issue and how much it has cost you. You are absolutely eligible for compensation to cover your pain and suffering, but you will also want to be covered for, say, the private care you needed to use to recover.
Claiming this compensation is far easier and more effective with a medical negligence solicitors on your side, so contact us today and we’ll help you determine if you have a valid case for compensation.