Case study: wrong drug prescribed by pharmacist leading to PTSD
Josie (48) had a long history of asthma for which she occasionally needed to take oral steroids.
When she collected the drug from the pharmacy on one occasion she noticed that the packaging looked rather different from usual but she presumed it was simply a different brand and thought no more about it.
Illness after taking the drugs
Josie took six tablets as directed on the first day and then another six the following day. Soon after taking the second dose she started to feel very unwell; nauseous, sweaty and slurring her speech. She then fell asleep and when her son could not wake her he checked the drug packet and realised that the wrong drug had been prescribed.
As Josie continued to feel unwell and was very anxious about the overdose she attended A&E where her blood sugar was found to be very low. She was admitted overnight and given IV Dextrose until her blood sugar returned to normal.
Following the event Josie became very anxious, particularly about her children, and could not stop thinking about what might have happened. She had difficulty sleeping and was eventually diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder for which she required a course of therapy.
After Josie contacted the medical law experts at Hospital Negligence for help her case was taken on by specialist solicitor Katie Nolan. After she challenged the pharmacy responsible it made an admission of negligence and a compensation settlement of £7,750 was secured for Josie.
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