A Runcorn woman who displayed an adverse reaction to the drug nitrofurantoin was prescribed the drug on four subsequent occasions causing her eventual tragic death. Carol Gibson was given the drug to treat recurrent urinary tract infections but the drug caused her to suffer from lung disease and her medication was stopped. An alert was put on her medical records to prevent the medication from being prescribed again. Despite this, the same GP prescribed the same drug on two further occasions, ignoring the alert to avoid this particular drug. Another dose of the medication was prescribed by a nurse thereafter and one last prescription was given without medical examination which caused Mrs Gibson to tragically pass away in her home.
Her two children have initiated an investigation into their mother’s untimely death, which they consider medical negligence due to the failure to heed the alerts against prescribing this medication. The GP who prescribed the drug has admitted liability but the family are pursuing a settlement from those at fault. The coroner raised a number of concerns surrounding the case including whether the alert system is adequate enough to prevent patients from being administered medication that they may have a serious reaction to.
Medical errors and negligence
An admin error or a human error by a medical professional can have catastrophic effects as demonstrated by the tragic consequences seen in this case. Doctors must always consider a patient’s past medical history when considering which treatment to administer or which medication to prescribe, particularly when a patient has displayed an adverse drug reaction. Any good GP should ask a patient about allergies in case the medication prescribed contains an ingredient which could cause an adverse reaction in that patient. Where there is evidence of negligence, a patient can claim compensation if an injury is sustained, an illness progresses or complications occur.
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