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How to Complain about a Pharmacist?
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Old 26-03-2008, 1:28 PM
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A pharmacist gave my daughter the wrong anti-biotics.

He gave it to her and 4 hours later turned up at are house and she he'd given her the wrong medicine and he needs it back.

I asked if it could harm her he said no it just wouldn't make her better. He didn't even say sorry he just said the one gave me is the most common anti biotic and de just gave it automatically.

She's 11 months old.

I want to complain because this senario could of been alot worse and I don't want it to happen to someone else.
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Old 26-03-2008, 1:45 PM
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If you contact your surgery they can give you the number for PALS or the PCT. speak to either of them and they should be able to tell you what to do.
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Old 26-03-2008, 1:52 PM
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I have to say i would always read the prescription before i hand it over in the chemist and hopefully would notice if i was given something different to what was written.
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Old 26-03-2008, 2:03 PM
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I have to say i would always read the prescription before i hand it over in the chemist and hopefully would notice if i was given something different to what was written.
I didn't actually give her the medicine. I probabaly would of noticed when I gave it to her but we had a mad morning. As I got out the chemist with her the school called and said my son had to be collected cause he was unwell.

I gave my cousin my bags and the medicine to put in the fridge and shortly after we came home the pharmacist knocked the door.

My worry is he should be checking prescriptions not just assume and there are people that can't read.
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Old 26-03-2008, 2:10 PM
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I couldn't find it when I just did a search but there was a thread about this issue a few months ago and the MSE'r did go through all the channels to complain, can anyone remember who it was?
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Found it but ndon't know how to post a link

Its called pharmacy dispensed wrong item and its in the consumer vent board

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Old 26-03-2008, 4:20 PM
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My worry is he should be checking prescriptions
Absolutely! And how did he conclude that another prescription would have been the most common - he would have to know the diagnosis requiring treatment and there is no way of knowing this from a prescription! The checking procedures have not been adhered to in this case, and therefore this needs to be taken further.
I'm a nurse, and suppose I 'assumed' that someone would be prescribed x and administered this to them without checking the prescription, when actually they were prescribed y....... ??
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Old 26-03-2008, 6:05 PM
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my doctor prescribed meds for my son when he was a baby - I went to the chemist to pick it up and the chemist told me he couldn't give it to me as its not for under 12 months. I dont go to that doctor anymore - trouble is, everyone has the same idea as she's the only one ever available without a long wait!
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Old 26-03-2008, 6:26 PM
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Phone your local PCT and ask to speak to the Pharmaceutical Advisor or another member of the Medicines Management Team.
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Old 26-03-2008, 6:35 PM
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You can also make a complaint via the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, which all pharmacists working in the UK have to be registered with. I think their website has details. I'm assuming that the presciption was dispensed via a shop, rather than health centre or hospital? If so, you could also write to the owner/manager of the shop outlining what happened and asking what steps they could put in place to prevent it happening to somone else (of course the pharmacist could be the owner/manager ...)
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Old 26-03-2008, 7:21 PM
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I'm sorry to hear about what happened, and it sounds like the pharmacist involved didn't handle the situation too well. Pharmacists are only human and all pharmacists have made dispensing errors at some point in their life. We do what we can do reduce the risk, and hope that any errors we make are minor ones and not serious ones. One of the most common reasons for a complaint being made is not that an error has been made, but the way it has been dealt with by the pharmacist.

The pharmacy involved should have a written complaints procedure, and that would be the first place I would turn to. If this does not resolve the complaint then you could consider complaining to the Royal Pharmacuetical Society - details at http://www.rpsgb.org/protectingthepublic/complaints/
If complaining to RPSGB I would probably copy in the PCT as well.
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Old 26-03-2008, 11:37 PM
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i think this is awful - but the one redeeming feature is that he realised the mistake and then did everything he could be fix it, which is something. i know that doesn't help and it could have gone badly, but he did turn up and try and fix the situation (i guess if he hadn't noticed at all, i'd say kick up a huge fuss, but perhaps rein it in a touch - still complain but without fully going for the jugular if that makes sense?!)
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Old 27-03-2008, 1:49 PM
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I was refused medicine I have taken for 2 years because a pharmicst demanded a new prescription. I was angry at the time because it was the weekend and it is life saving medicine (in the long term) , luckily I used someome else's (same) medication.

Good luck with your complaint
Did the pharmacist say why they wanted a new prescription?
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Old 27-03-2008, 6:13 PM
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I think it is bad practice but at least they called round to rectify the situation as soon as they realised something was amiss. I never dwell on what could have been just what did occur. You will drive yourself mad with what could have happened but it didnt.
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Old 27-03-2008, 6:21 PM
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I'm sorry to hear about what happened, and it sounds like the pharmacist involved didn't handle the situation too well. Pharmacists are only human and all pharmacists have made dispensing errors at some point in their life. We do what we can do reduce the risk, and hope that any errors we make are minor ones and not serious ones. One of the most common reasons for a complaint being made is not that an error has been made, but the way it has been dealt with by the pharmacist.

The pharmacy involved should have a written complaints procedure, and that would be the first place I would turn to. If this does not resolve the complaint then you could consider complaining to the Royal Pharmacuetical Society - details at http://www.rpsgb.org/protectingthepublic/complaints/
If complaining to RPSGB I would probably copy in the PCT as well.

Id like to agree with this...we all are only human.

If i was you i would just make a point of checking what is written on the script before you hand it over to minimise the risk of this happening again.

I don't think i would be complaining as the next pharmacist you get may not be as keen to hold up their hands and admit they had made a mistake.
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Old 27-03-2008, 7:09 PM
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Unfortunately dispensing errors do occur from time to time. The pharmacist obviously realised later on that he had made an error and acted accordingly to try and minimise any risk to the patient. Perhaps the pharmacist could have dealt with the matter a little better though. I'm sure the dispensing error would have been reported.
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Old 28-03-2008, 11:17 AM
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I have had this happen twice to me with two different pharmacists. However I always check the box and read the instructions, especially if it is a new prescription or the packaging has changed. It is a fact of life that people make mistakes, including pharmacists and doctors.
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