Prescription drug errors occur regularly each year in the NHS.
They often result from mistakes made by GP’s, hospital doctors, nurses, carers and pharmacies.
Common problems include :
- Labelling errors
- Incorrect drug or dose/strength of a drug
- Prescription of blood thinning drugs e.g warfarin and heparin leading to internal haemorrhage, pulmonary embolism and death
In a recent case dealt with by David an elderly gentleman went to see his GP with the symptoms of a DVT (deep vein thrombosis) in his lower leg.
Before checking his medical history and noticing a previous problem with stomach ulcers the GP prescribed heparin. This caused a gastro-intestinal bleed and resulted in an emergency admission to hospital for a blood transfusion and surgery.