Medication and prescription errors

Patient With Stomach Ulcer Wrongly Given Naproxen in Hospital: Death Results in Inquiry

NHS failings as a mum of two dies from ‘multi-organ failure’ after visiting A&E at Victoria Hospital in Kirkcaldy, Fife, with a fractured knee. Her family was left ‘devasted and angry’ after a routine knee operation turned tragic following a catalog of mistakes, including administering the wrong medication. The family of Linda Allan, 59, called
Sodium Valproate and the Risk of Birth Defects: Why Weren’t Women Warned?

On 22 February 2018 the Health and Social Care Secretary at the time, Jeremy Hunt, launched a  review into the NHS response to patient concerns relating to side effects from treatments.  The review examined three specific NHS treatments: The hormone pregnancy test Primodos, (used up until 1978): The use of Primodos was alleged to have resulted
NHS Never Events: The Most Common Medical Accidents April 2019 – February 2020

The term ‘Never Event’ was first introduced by Ken Kizer, former chief executive of the National Quality Forum in the United States and was in reference to particularly shocking medical errors which should never occur if the available preventable measures are implemented. An NHS Never Event is an umbrella term for a series of avoidable
260,000 Diabetes Patients `Experienced Medication Error in Hospital Last Year’

Diabetes UK has warned that more than 260,000 diabetes inpatients experienced a medication error at hospital in 2017, 9,600 of whom suffered serious and potentially life-threatening episodes of hypoglycaemia as a result of poor insulin management.
Drug errors cause appalling harm and deaths

The BBC has published a story highlighting research that suggests GPs, pharmacists, hospitals and care homes may be making 237 million errors a year - the equivalent of one mistake made for every five drugs handed out.

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