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Dispensing Errors in Community Pharmacy
Assistance with Dispensing Errors in Community Pharmacy
What are we talking about with Dispensing Errors in Community Pharmacy? Moreover: does this comprise a sort of medical negligence claim, exactly? The answer is a resounding ‘YES,’ particularly because of the risk to patient safety.
Receiving the wrong medication at the pharmacy is more than merely inconvenient. The prescription should take into account various factors, including a patient’s:
- weight and size;
- physical health, and;
- any/all known allergies.
Thus, a mistake can make you incredibly ill and, in some instances, even threaten your life.
What are Dispensing Errors Negligence?
Pharmacies have strict processes to ensure all prescriptions are filled correctly. However, sometimes dispensing errors are made which can have dire consequences. Prescription negligence can be caused either by the practitioner who wrote the prescription, or the dispenser who filled it. Examples can include:
A pharmacist issuing the wrong brand of medication. If supplementing another brand, the pharmacist in charge should verify the ingredients are the same and check with the patient before issuing.
- Dispensing a different strength of medication to the stated amount. Overly strong medicine can cause illness and side-effects through overdose. Meanwhile, medicine of insufficient power can lead to a person’s conditioning worsening.
- Combining some medications can have an adverse effect. The prescribing practitioner should always check you are not already taking any medication from a different source. For example, say that your dentist prescribes painkillers for pain after dental treatment. However, it will combine poorly with a medication you’re already taking for a separate condition.
- Not taking existing conditions, such as pregnancy or heart disease, into account when prescribing.
- Allowing a repeat prescription to continue for too long without a check-up from the prescribing practitioner.
Above all, dispensing errors reported over the years suggest that you should act if you suspect it occurs.
How Can We Help you fight Dispensing Errors in Community Pharmacy?
It is not merely enough to fall ill from taking medicine. In short, a claim needs to prove there was negligence. Accordingly, that’s where the help of professional clinical error solicitors, like The Medical Negligence Experts, comes in.
We can investigate your case and collate the evidence you need for your claim to be successful. We will look at the stage of each error, include among them:
- who makes the prescribing error;
- who dispenses it, and;
- what information they have access to (such as known allergies, or other medications you are taking) to identify where the error occurs.
Finally, we will gather evidence from independent experts to prove that you have suffered as a result.
The law calculates prescription error compensation to cover any expenses you incur as a direct result. For instance, it will account for losing pay due to time off work. It doesn’t matter whether a private or an NHS practitioner writes the prescription, or how large the company making the error is. Either way, you deserve adequate recompense if you have been a victim of a dispensing error.
Medical negligence cases should begin within three years of the mistake, or identification of the illness or condition as being the result of the error. If a patient is under the age of 18 when the error occurs, they have until the day before their 21st birthday to lodge the claim.
Obtaining the maximum compensation for a medication errors claim is not a quick process. However, The Medical Negligence Experts will keep you up to speed on the progress of your case. We will advise you upfront whether we believe you have a good chance of success in claiming compensation. To that end, we know it is not in your best interests financially or emotionally to pursue an un-winnable case.
Contact The Medical Negligence Experts today and ask a medical negligence solicitor directly how we can help you with securing compensation.
About our dispensing errors negligence claims team
We work with the UK’s top lawyers who take on medical professionals every day. But we’re also people with families of our own who don’t want to see bad practices in prescribing medication.
Above all, we understand that making a medical negligence claim can be stressful for those unfamiliar with the process. It can be drawn out and difficult, but we will keep you up-to-date. Moreover, we’ll do it all without using excessive legal or medical jargon, so you truly know what’s going on.
Contact The Medical Negligence Experts today, and ask how we can help you.
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