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Prescription Of Medication That Is Harmful To A Patient

Prescription Of Medication That Is Harmful To A Patient

If a doctor has prescribed or administered drugs without considering your current condition, it is very possible that you will be put in significant danger.

Why will some drugs be dangerous to certain patients?

When prescribing or administering a new type of medication, it is very important the treating doctor considers the state of your health, and the medication you are currently taking. We explore each in greater detail below:

1. Your health

If you have an on-going condition such as chronic kidney disease, it is vital a doctor takes this into account when prescribing further medication. This is because certain drugs can actually cause further harm the kidneys and should be avoided at all costs. This includes some non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as diclofenac, and the type 2 diabetes drug metformin.

2. Your current medication

All doctors will be aware that certain types of medication should not be taken at the same time. This is because some drugs do not react well together, meaning it can be positively harmful to consume some types of medication concurrently. For example, warfarin thins the blood, as does aspirin. It can therefore be dangerous to take them at the same time.

Claiming for a prescribing error

If your GP or another doctor fails to take into account your health and/or the medication you currently take, it is possible that you will be given a drug that is extremely damaging to your health.

However, any competent doctor should be fully aware of the risks of drug-drug interactions and drug-condition interactions. A failure to fulfil this standard of care will amount to medical negligence. If this has caused you to suffer harm, you will be considered the innocent victim of medical negligence and you will be legally entitled to claim compensation for the damage this has caused.

Compensation for a prescribing error

If you would like to know more about claiming compensation for a prescribing error, please get in touch with us today. We specialise in medical negligence and will be more than happy to discuss your case with you.

If we believe you were wrongfully prescribed medication that has damaged your health, we will help you pursue a claim for compensation. This will provide you with financial redress for the pain and suffering you have experienced, and the financial loss you have incurred. This includes a loss of earnings, the cost of medical treatment and the cost of care and assistance.

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