The misprescription of drugs is an error which can happen in a numerous way in various medical establishments, and accounts for around 20% of medical negligence claims every year.
Many errors arise through the misreading of illegible prescription forms, leading to the pharmacist giving the patient a wrong, but similarly-named, drug to the one prescribed.
Factors that Contribute to Drug Misprescription Errors
The most dangerous mistakes occur in hospitals where very potent drugs are used and a number of factors are known to contribute to these errors:
- Staffing rotas which impede continuity and consistency of care
- Staff exhaustion
- nappropriate delegation of treatment procedures to junior and inexperienced staff
- Inadequate or non-existent cross-checking systems between doctors or nurses prescribing potent drugs
- Failure to identify, label and store dangerous drugs and other substances
Giving a patient another patient’s drugs
Contact Tandem Law
Please contact us if you have been the victim of drug misprescription, our team will assess your claim and advise you accordingly. Call us today on 0843 221 8337 or submit an enquiry via the Get in Touch form.
Not only can we deal with your legal claim but we can also put you in touch with relevant support groups who offer practical advice, compassion and assistance. You don't have to feel like you're alone.