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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

HeySoulSister Thu 18-Jul-13 18:19:52

wow how nasty are you??

RalphGnu Thu 18-Jul-13 18:20:56

Are you Katie Hopkins?

WorraLiberty Thu 18-Jul-13 18:21:53

If the Pharmacist gave her instructions, why would she want to read them too?

LifeIsSoDifferent Thu 18-Jul-13 18:22:56

Oo this is not going to end well OP

Scrounger Thu 18-Jul-13 18:23:19

Actually that could have been me, I usually check with the pharmacist how often to give it. I think I would trust a pharmacist to prescribe the right thing. Silly me.

motherinferior Thu 18-Jul-13 18:24:39

If my pharmacist gave me drops I would assume they were the right ones. I am a health journalist with two degrees, btw.

phantomnamechanger Thu 18-Jul-13 18:24:45

God that's bad. My first instinct is yes, you read the label, check the dose/side effects etc . I have queried scripts before when why my Dr prescribed one a day of something that should have been 4 a day - the pharmacy agreed with me but had to ring the GP for consent to prescribe differently to what he had typed.

But what about illiterate parents or those for whom English is not their first language. Or the many who just TRUST it to be correct.

But I actually only came to say Hello fellow-phantom to the OP!

phantomhairpuller Thu 18-Jul-13 18:25:49

Yes the pharmacist gave the drops in the first place so obviously they are primarily to blame but do you people seriously give your children medication without first double checking it?!

Wow hmm

motherinferior Thu 18-Jul-13 18:25:52

Registered pharmacists have to go through years of training to qualify. It's fair to assume they know what they are doing.

AmyFarrahFowlerCooper Thu 18-Jul-13 18:27:51

I remember reading about someone else doing this sometime last year too. There has to be an element of trust with pharmacists so I can't think she is too silly even though I double check everything either of us is prescribed before giving it. YABU for judging the child's name though.

ANormalOne Thu 18-Jul-13 18:28:30

I would check first myself, but they should have made sure they gave the right drops out. Both are at fault.

ImTooHecsyForYourParty Thu 18-Jul-13 18:28:35

poor woman must feel awful.
yes. you should always read the label. not only timo check how it is used but importantly to read about possible side effects etc.
it is a reminder about the importance of doing so

however. the pharmacy is 100% in the wrong here. what if the person had dyslexia or was illiterate or unable to read english.
there are many reasons why it is vital that pharmacists do not make mistakes!

the comment about the childs name is unnecessary.

Justforlaughs Thu 18-Jul-13 18:28:40

I agree with the OP that in this case the mother should have checked the label, and read all the instructions. I can't believe that anyone wouldn't do that as a matter of course. Having said that the pharmicist needs a slapped wrist at the very least, and as someone else said, there are people who cannot read/ cannot read English.
As for the child's name, it wouldn't be my choice, but I've heard worse and no doubt some people don't like my choices either.

KittyVonCatsworth Thu 18-Jul-13 18:29:25

YABU, but to be fair, I always read the blurb inside, even for myself, even if its stuff I've used before. I want to know the side effects and what's going into me and my child.

IMO though, I would have picked up on this.

Scrounger Thu 18-Jul-13 18:29:28

Do you check the terms and conditions of everything that you sign?

- conveyancing documents
- any insurance that you purchase
- any credit agreement including HP, mortgage, loan, credit card etc

Would you understand what the details or do you discuss it with the FA / solicitor to understand the main items and trust that they have done their job?

If not, wow, just wow.

HeySoulSister Thu 18-Jul-13 18:29:39

well op you can only check the label

not the actual medicine! do you do some sort of test of the bottle contents before giving it to your children then?? or do you trust its what it is supposed to be and give it to them anyway??

HugAMoo Thu 18-Jul-13 18:29:48

What on earth has her name got to do with it?!

PeggyCarter Thu 18-Jul-13 18:30:40

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

ReindeerBollocks Thu 18-Jul-13 18:34:49

The pharmacist is at fault as they should never misprescribe - it could kill depending on the med combo.

However I slightly agree with OP - i always check and query meds even if they are from different than usual suppliers. I get very toxic meds for DS from hospital and the first rule taught to me wad ALWAYS check, then double check meds - the name, medicine, quantity and how often it is to be administered.

So about 50/50 split blame IMO. Cruel comment about the name though.

SoupDragon Thu 18-Jul-13 18:35:38

Do you check the terms and conditions of everything that you sign?

That is irrelevant. It's nothing like not reading the instruction leaflets for something you are putting in your child's body.

The main fault obviously is with the pharmacist though.

Scrounger Thu 18-Jul-13 18:37:55

No its not irrelevant, I discuss the issues with whoever if prescribing the medicine so I understand the issues, when to use, when to stop and when to return if needed. The T&Cs for legal documents are essentially the same thing, instructions for what happens in certain situations.

SoupDragon Thu 18-Jul-13 18:41:23

T&Cs for medicine are in respect of things which could seriously affect yr health. Not the same thing at all IMO, especially when you are making the decision on he half of a child.

SoupDragon Thu 18-Jul-13 18:41:34


MistyB Thu 18-Jul-13 18:41:35

Not quite the same but my DS is regularly prescribed (by ENT consultants) drops licensed for use in the eyes but for his ear infections. I usually have to explain to the pharmacist, sometimes I just don't bother and say, yes, it's for an eye infection.

I would want to know all of the details before casting judgement on whether this was indeed an error and then whether it was a dangerous one.

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