Doctors prescribing drugs to patients with known allergies

By Gillian Crotty

Doctors in Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK are putting patients at risk of harm, and even death, by prescribing drugs to patients who have allergies to them.

Of the 18,079 incidents of drug allergies affecting patient safety over an 8 year period in England and Wales, most are said to involve medicines prescriptions were it was known that the patient had an allergy to the particular class of drug. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has drawn up guidelines on allergy calling for improvements on patient information is collected and communicated, including the recording of patient allergies on all prescriptions.

If you have suffered injury or loss as a result of being prescribed drugs that you were allergic to, or as a result of medical negligence including delays in treatment, contact one of the clinical negligence solicitors at Wilson Nesbitt in Belfast to discuss your compensation options by calling 0800 840 9289.