Methods of collecting data on prescription errors vary wildly. Overall, however, it is clear that prescribing errors are a common occurrence across the globe. In Ireland, the Institute of Medicine estimates that at least one medication error occurs per hospital patient each day. That’s 3 million medication errors per patient in Irish hospitals every year.
This figure is multiplied over in the UK, where a 2018 report identified over 230 million prescription errors in the NHS contributing to up to 22,300 deaths per year.
Whilst many of these errors do not have severe health implications, this is still a serious breach of the duty of care you deserve to receive from your doctor. You can be assured that if/when severe complications do arise, we will help you seek justice to get the answers and compensation you are entitled to. We cannot change what has happened to you but we can help you to move forward by securing peace of mind and the resources you need to help you to do so.
In addition from the most common medication errors listed above, these medication and prescription errors also include: