What To Do If the Pharmacy Gives You the Wrong Medicine

What to do if Pharmacy Gives You Wrong Medicine
LLB (Hons) Nimish Patel
Legally reviewed by: LLB (Hons) Nimish Patel In: Medical Negligence

Can I Claim Compensation if the Pharmacy has Given Me the Wrong Medicine?

What to do if the pharmacy gives you the wrong medicine? When you are already unwell, a mistake on the part of your pharmacist can have serious and unpleasant consequences. If you have been the victim of prescription negligence, our expert solicitors can help you claim compensation.

What to do if Pharmacy gives you Wrong Medicine

It’s reasonable to expect that you can trust the medical professionals who are in charge of dispensing the medication that is supposed to help you with your condition. However, if you have been the victim of a medication error, then it is important that you do a few specific things.

These are:

  • Immediately stop taking the course of medication
  • Immediately get in touch with your doctor and inform them of what has happened
  • Get in touch with the pharmacy that supplied you with the medicine and also inform them of what has happened
  • Save the unused medication and retain the packaging

It is very important that you stop taking the medication as soon as you realise that it is incorrect, as long-term consumption of an incorrect prescription can be dangerous, and in some cases result in:

  • Liver damage
  • Disability
  • Anaphylactic Shock
  • Seizures

In addition to having potentially devastating side-effects, there is also the added problem that your original condition or illness will not have been properly treated.

If you have suffered as a result of a pharmacist’s negligence, we can help you claim compensation. Get in touch with us today.

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What to Do If Pharmacy Gives You Wrong Medicine

About Prescription Negligence Compensation Claims

Have you been given the wrong medicine by your pharmacy, and are you wondering what you can do about it? If the pharmacist’s error has caused you harm, you are likely entitled to compensation, so we would always advise you to get in touch and find out if you can claim.

Being supplied with the wrong medication is legally classified as medical negligence. Our trained solicitors have a great deal of experience with medical negligence claims and will be able to assist you with every part of your claim.

In order to qualify as a medical negligence case, a scenario must roughly fulfil something known as the 4 D’s of medical malpractice. These are:

  • Duty

During training, all doctors are taught what the duty of care is that they must provide to their patients.

  • Derelict

Dereliction is the official term for when a medical professional is considered to have broken this duty of care.

  • Direct Cause

In order for a medical malpractice claim to be filed, you must be able to prove that it was the direct fault of a medical professional

  • Damages

The medical negligence payout that you could earn will be calculated based on the physical injury and the psychological injury, as well as any medical or travel expenses.

How Will my Claim be Calculated?

The amount of compensation that you could receive for being supplied with the wrong medication will depend on a number of different factors.

We will need to be able to prove that being given the wrong medication has made you worse off than if you had not taken it. The seriousness of the consequences of taking the wrong medication will be the main factor when calculating your compensation. There are also the addition factors that need to be considered such as:

  • Any cost for care required after taking the wrong medication
  • Any travel expenses that have occurred while you have been receiving further medical treatment
  • Whether the medical effects of taking the wrong medication will prevent or may have already prevented you from working and therefore will result in a loss of earnings
  • Any extra medical expenses that you have already paid, in addition to any future treatment

If your condition has significantly worsened because of medical negligence, you are likely to receive more of a payout, but it may also take longer to process the claim.

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How Long will my Claim Take?

Each claim is different, and the time it will take to complete your claim will depend on a number of factors.

If your pharmacy has given you the wrong medicine, you will need to act as soon as possible, as you can only claim up to 3 years after the error was made.

The amount of time that your claim will take will depend on a two-stage process. These two stages are:

  1. Determining exactly who was responsible for your being supplied with the wrong medication and who is to blame.
  2. The medical evidence must be reviewed. This is the evidence to prove how you have been negatively affected by taking the wrong medication.

With the help of our expert solicitors you get the compensation that you deserve.

Contact Us to get Started with your Claim

If your pharmacy has given you the wrong medicine, and you are not sure what you should do, then get in touch.

Here at AWH Solicitors, we have plenty of experience with medical negligence claims and are ready to assist you with yours.

Get in touch today for expert help and guidance.

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