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Valproate and birth defects: were you told the facts?

The anti-convulsant drug, sodium valproate, is used to treat epilepsy. It is also used as a mood stabiliser for people with bipolar disorder. Valproate is also known by various trade names, including Epilim and Epival. Valproate is very effective at...

Epilepsy medicine Valproate linked to birth defects

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has changed the licensing rules controlling the prescription of valproate drugs for women and girls of childbearing age with epilepsy. The new contraindication of drugs such as Epilim in...

Hospital presciption error results in malaria medication overdose

In 2012, a woman recovered a six figure sum after a  hospital prescription error  at  Frimley Park Hospital . The woman, who was 47 years old at the time of the incident, had attended Frimley Park Hospital for treatment for malaria, which...

£250,000 compensation award for a failure to provide medication resulting in a stroke

In August 2005 Mrs M underwent an operation to insert artificial heart valves. As a result of the operation, she required anti coagulation medication for the rest of her life to avoid blood clots forming. Mrs M was discharged on 2 September, when she fell...

Hospital medication errors affecting diabetics

A recent audit covering nearly 13,000 patients and 230 hospitals has found that nearly a third of diabetic patients in hospital are affected by  medication mistakes . These errors can cause them to experience dangerously high or low blood...

£40,000 compensation after man was given a fatal overdose of Diamorphine

Cambridgeshire pensioner David Gray, 70, was given a  fatal overdose  of a painkilling drug in 2008. He was injected with 10 times the recommended dosage. Mr Grey was seen by Dr Daniel Ubani, a locum German doctor employed by the NHS. It has...

Child drug errors 'too frequent'

A snap-shot study by the University of London of five hospitals in the city found 13% of the 3,000 prescriptions they examined had an error and a fifth of drugs given to children in these hospitals during 2004 and 2005 were administered incorrectly. ...

Compensation for negligent advice regarding medication

£1.25 million  compensation for a medication negligence victim who suffered a severe stoke after her treatment passed from hospital to her GP. The claimant underwent coronary artery bypass, mitral valve replacement in hospital after which she...

Thousands of diabetes patients have been given the wrong doses of insulin

Official figures have revealed that thousands of diabetes patients have been given the wrong doses of insulin. Hospitals and community health organisations have ordered an on-line mass safety training programme for doctors and nurses. ...

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