Wrong prescription claims
We deal with wrong prescription claims nationwide and work on a no win, no fee basis. So if you have been given the wrong medication and have suffred injury as a result then call our free legal helpline on 0800 975 8091 or send us an email.
Considering the vast number of medications prescribed and dispensed in GP surgeries, pharmacies and hospitals in the UK every day, it is perhaps a matter for wonder that prescription mistakes and prescription errors do not occur more often, but they are in fact relatively rare. When they do occur, they are often a consequence of misreading a precription or miscalculating the amount of medication that should be dispensed. Dispensing the completely wrong medication is also not unknown.
Wrong prescription claims are usually straightforward to prove from a legal point of view, since the patient will have some kind of written record or physical proof of what was actually provided to them. Often, the problem will come to light when the patient suffers unexpected side-effects, which can of course be serious, depending on the nature of the medication.
It is important to be able to show actual injury or damage as a result of the prescription error in order for there to be a valid claim for compensation. A prescription error which is either spotted before the wrong medication is taken, or which does not actually cause any injury or damage despite being taken, does not give rise to a claim for compensation. It might well mean the pharmacist will be subject to censure by their professional body, but unfortunately we cannot help with such complaints. It is only if actual injury has been caused as a result of a prescription error that the patient will have a claim for for compensation.
We are able to deal with wrong prescription claims on a no win, no fee basis. You can read a real life case study of a woman who recovered compensation when her pharmacist gave her the wrong medication here.