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To think this mother was partly at fault

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phantomhairpuller Thu 18-Jul-13 18:18:01

pharmacy dispenses ear drops for conjunctivitis

Surely the daft cow should have read the label, no?!

Do people really put things into their children's eyes without first reading the directions?

And as for the poor child's name... shock

phantomhairpuller Fri 19-Jul-13 10:31:30

Surely a job working with medication is one where mistakes shouldn't be made? They should be double checking, triple checking everything they prescribe. Since that is, you know, their job.

Absolutely. But the fact of the matter is, mistakes happen. They shouldn't happen, but they do.

Loa Fri 19-Jul-13 11:12:53

I'd check but then I have many relatives on lots of medication and two of them have had potentially fatal errors - series dosage errors - made at different pharmacists - luckily they spotted them in time.

I've also had a pharmacist pick up issues when GP have prescribed medicines that can't be taken with existing prescribed medicines.

FryOneFatManic Fri 19-Jul-13 13:11:55

I must say I always check the leaflet inside now, especially to check on what the reactions could be.

I've been wary since a pharmacist told me that Voltarol was a good medicine with few side effects (prescribed by doctor for tendonitis). After a handful of doses, I nearly collapsed. Turns out I was past the mild, moderate and medium side effects and heading into severe. Doc has since told me that it now rules out a whole group of anti inflammatory drugs, so I sincerely hope I don't develop any condition that requires them.

BlueSkySunnyDay Fri 19-Jul-13 13:13:32

The pharmacist is wrong but I think as a parent I would always check that what I was giving was right.

WellThatsLife Fri 19-Jul-13 13:50:05

Every pharmacists worst nightmare. We double, triple check but occasionally things get missed. Similar packaging, similar names, someone coming up to talk to about a problem causing a loss of concentration.

As others have said above any pharmacist who says they have never made a mistake is lying or they have never come back to them

ZingWidge Fri 19-Jul-13 14:00:16


poor you

I had a bad reaction to iron tablets whilst pg - just the average gp presciption stuff.

they were 2 tablets/ day but high dose. I took 2 on the first day and felt unwell by the evening. took another in the morning, did school run, went shopping (feeling increasingly ill) - by the time I got home I had to lie down, I was shaking slightly, felt dizzy and sick (not morning sickness) and felt drowsy and faint.

it was horrible. I had to call a friend to come over and help put shopping away, then look after me and my youngest.

I'm sure it was the tablets and stopped.

took me 2 days to get back to normal! switched to a much lower dose of iron tablet and was ok.

another pg mum I know had even more severe reactions just after 1 of the same iron tablet. neither of us knew we could react so badly, despite reading the leaflets!

MammaTJ Fri 19-Jul-13 16:45:32

I always double check, but then I am allowed to administer meds in my place of work. I do not expect the average person to check!

I had an incedent once when the Opth....... eye doctor prescribed some eye drops for my DS. The pharmacy did not have the eye drops so the GP prescribed an alternative. I checked the leaflet once we had collected it and found it was not suitable for children under 6. He was three at the time. Did I report him? No. Did I complain to the GP and the pharmacy? Yes. In my view, both the pharmacist and the GP were at fault but there was no real harm done.

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