If you feel as though you have been a victim of pharmacy negligence, it is worth getting in touch with a solicitor to have your case assessed. Cases vary widely from person to person and all manner of malpractice can ultimately amount to pharmacy negligence.
Some of the more common cases of inadequate pharmacy care include:
The wrong drug is dispensed claim
Occasionally a pharmacist will make the error of dispensing the wrong medicine. A patient’s prescription may provide accurate details of an appropriate prescription, but human error can lead to the wrong drug being dispensed. This can be the result of a patient receiving a prescription intended for another person, or a prescription that looks or sounds similar to their own.
The wrong dosage is dispensed claim
Similarly, a pharmacy worker can make the error of dispensing the wrong dosage prescribed to a patient. An inappropriate amount of medicine, be it too much or too little, can sometimes have a major impact on a patient’s condition. Again, this can occur if a patient is mistakenly given a prescription meant for someone else.
A harmful drug interaction claim
Pharmacists are responsible for recognising the potential for a damaging reaction to multiple drugs on a patient’s prescription. Sometimes patients can be prescribed drugs from several practitioners, and, in these cases, a pharmacist must recognise the potential for an adverse reaction.
A drug allergy claim
Patients must be advised on the potential for a harmful reaction to medication that impacts allergies. Pharmacists must gauge whether a patient has previously experienced any allergy symptoms that could be replicated by the drugs in their prescription.
A lack of consideration for a patient’s underlying conditions claim
If you provide detail of any underlying medical issues that you experience, a pharmacist should account for any potential aggravation that could arise from your prescription. If your underlying condition is negatively impacted by treatment you receive for another ailment, they may be held liable.
Administrative & labelling errors claim
A poor filing system or a failure to interpret a GP’s handwriting can see a patient receive the wrong prescription.
Failure to properly advise a patient on their treatment claim
A patient should be informed of how much medication to take, as well as how to take it. The wrong instructions can have an impact on their condition.