pharmacy errors

Pharmacy errors – can I claim?

Pharmacy errors can have detrimental impacts on you and your family, in most cases, after presenting a medical professional with symptoms, they will prescribe you medicine to help tackle your illness. However, there are many ways in which the medical professional can be negligent, whether by making errors during prescribing your medications or errors made by the pharmacy when distributing you the medication. A prescription error claim can be made up to 3 years after the incident has occurred, if you would like to start a successful medical negligence claim, contact our experienced solicitors now. 

What are the most common prescription errors? 

Usually, prescription errors are categorised into two; prescription errors and dispensing errors. 

Prescription Errors 

Prescription errors usually occur when the medical professional has diagnosed your symptoms and prescribed you medications to treat them. The medical professional must ensure that the medication prescribed does not intervene with other medications and can be mixed; if they fail to do this, it can lead to detrimental damage to an individual’s health. 

Medical professionals must also ensure that they prescribe the correct dosage and ensure that they regularly perform checkups on individuals who need repeat prescriptions.

If you have experienced prescription errors, we highly advise that you contact one of our experienced solicitors at Solicitors On Your Side, so you can come out with the best possible outcome in the most stress-free and easy way. 

Dispensing errors 

After the medication has been prescribed by the medical professional, you can pick it up from a pharmacy or it will get delivered to your door. Mistakes can be made during the dispensing process, which can lead to damage to the patient’s health, making the condition worse than it was originally. 

Similar to the medical professional, pharmacists will go through training to ensure the best possible service to a patient. It is the pharmacist’s responsibility to ensure that the patient is provided with the correct medication and dosage, if they fail to do this, the patient can face severe complications to their health. They must also ensure that the medication is labelled correctly, with instructions on how to take it. 

How will I know that I experienced a prescription error? 

Specific medications are prescribed to individuals who need help with treating their symptoms. Patients who face prescription errors usually find that they feel worse after taking the incorrect dosage or medication. Many prescription errors will not have severe consequences to the patient, but in some cases, they can be dangerous. 

If you believe that there has been an error in your prescription, we advise you to contact your medical professional and inform them of this, so that the error can be corrected. If you have experienced prescription errors, contact our experienced solicitors now. 

What are the time limits for making a claim?

In most cases, you will have either three years from the date of your injury or three years from the date that you found out that you had suffered medical negligence, to make a claim.

However, some exceptions are made to this, these can include:

  • If the medical negligence claim involves a child, then you can claim on their behalf anytime up until their 18th After that date, they will have three years to make a claim themselves.
  • If you or the person you’re claiming for is ‘mentally incapacitated’ – that is, unable to claim for reasons such as brain damage, then there is no time limit.

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