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Reviewing Your Medication Regularly Is Essential Say Medical Negligence Solicitors

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At Pearson Solicitors we come across an alarming amount of clients and their families who are unaware of their own levels of medication and the impacts it can have – antibiotic poisoning, allergic reactions to medication and wrong dosages, can all have serious implications, often resulting in side effects and ultimately compensation claims.

Every GP practice should have a Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for a medication review and this should provide details of the process e.g. responsibilities of all staff involved, how regular reviews are ensured, prescription duration and the process to be followed if a patient does not attend for a monitoring request.

Failure to have a review can lead to cases of toxicity, wrong dosages administered and side effects.

What is a medication review?

A medication review is a meeting about on your medicines, with an expert – a pharmacist, doctor or nurse. There may be changes you want to suggest, worries that are bothering you or questions that you want answered.

The meeting is free. The NHS recommends that all older people, and many others, have regular reviews of their medicines. You don’t have to pay and it could end up improving your health and saving the NHS money, if you find you need fewer medicines than before.

The review should be documented in the patient’s notes.

There are three types of review:

Prescription review – addressing issues relating to the prescription of medicines.

Compliance review – addressing issues relating to the patients medicine taking behaviour.

Clinical medication review – addressing issues relating to the patients use of medicines in the context of their medical condition.

It is recommended that certain groups should be aware that they need a medication review and if this is not automatically offered by the GP should be pursued.

  • are you over 75?
  • are you regularly taking prescription medicines?
  • do you take 4 or more medicines daily?
  • have you recently been discharged from hospital?
  • are you taking medicine for a long term illness (like asthma, arthritis, diabetes or epilepsy)?
  • have you been transferred to a care home?
  • have you had a recent fall?
  • are you confused, have depression or anxiety?
  • have you a sensory impairment?
  • do you take higher risk medication

It is vital to insist on regular review for yourself or someone you care for to ensure ongoing safety and to avoid any irreversible future problems caused by medication.

Please note that the information and opinions contained in this article are not intended to be comprehensive, nor to provide legal advice. No responsibility for its accuracy or correctness is assumed by Pearson Solicitors and Financial Advisers Ltd or any of its members or employees. Professional legal advice should be obtained before taking, or refraining from taking, any action as a result of this article.

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