This site is intended for Healthcare professionals only.
×

Illegible Doctor Prescription- Deficiency in Service: NCDRC tells Forum to Reopen Ganga Ram Hospital case


Illegible Doctor Prescription- Deficiency in Service: NCDRC tells Forum to Reopen Ganga Ram Hospital case

The plea claimed that the doctor had prescribed a medicine ‘Ketosteril’ for her husband’s kidney ailment but the pharmacist at the hospital wrongly gave a painkiller Ketorpol-DT’.

New Delhi: The apex consumer commission has asked the Delhi state fora to re-consider a case of alleged medical negligence against Sir Ganga Ram Hospital here, which resulted in the death of a patient. The National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission (NCDRC) was hearing an appeal against the Delhi state consumer commission’s order which said the case does not come under its jurisdiction.

The appeal was filed by Maharashtra resident Vimla against the hospital and a doctor employed there, claiming that his illegible writing led to a pharmacist issuing the wrong medicine which allegedly resulted in the death of her husband Shiv Narayan Gupta.

“We do not agree with the state commission’s observation that ‘this is not a consumer dispute.’ In our view, this is a case of alleged medical negligence (resulting in death), alleged deficiency in service,” said a NCDRC bench comprising presiding member S M Kantikar and member Dinesh Singh.

The plea claimed that the doctor had prescribed a medicine ‘Ketosteril’ for her husband’s kidney ailment but the pharmacist at the hospital wrongly gave a painkiller Ketorpol-DT’.

It was alleged in the complaint that her husband suffered several complications, because of wrong medicine, that resulted in his death.

Vimla moved the state commission which had held that the case does not come under the consumer fora’s jurisdiction and asked her to file the case before the appropriate authority.

The apex commission has now directed both the parties to appear before the state commission on November 19.




Source: PTI
7 comment(s) on Illegible Doctor Prescription- Deficiency in Service: NCDRC tells Forum to Reopen Ganga Ram Hospital case

Share your Opinion Disclaimer

Sort by: Newest | Oldest | Most Voted
  1. How the pharmacist was able to read and give the drug?. If he can not read the prescription, he should have returned the prescription to the doctor.Now the doctor may say that the drug actually prescribed by him was not given.

  2. Nobody should dispense drugs through assumptions and presumptions. The pharmacist should have returned the prescription as unreadable.Why he assumed that the drug prescribed was ketorol. There are many brands having almost similar names with different drug formulations in India. This is the reason generic names of each drug should be mentioned in the bracket to help the patient. Unfortunately, many doctors try to finish off the prescription quickly resulting in medication errors. In my opinion, nobody has moral authority to force a particular profession to write capital letters/computer generated prescriptions etc . Many persons are suffering due to illegible writting in other professions. Every transaction involving health,litigation,crime,government should preferably be in typed format only.The pharmacist has to explain how he was able to read the doctor\’s prescription and why he gave a wrong drug. No insurance company or government sponsored free treatment programme should authorise any hospital unless computerized prescription and electronic case record facility is available.

  3. May be Doctors should start printing on prescription paper…..GET YOUR MEDICINE CHECKED BEFORE STARTING THEM.
    This one line could help avert litigations.

  4. OK, the pharmacvist is not empowered to issue medicines if s/he cannot u derstand the writing in a prescription. The concerned doctor should have been approached before serving the prescription.

  5. Now a days- the dictum is – doctor is responsible -for everything . Even if the person gets dengue – he will say he has been bitten by a mosquitoe when he was in doctors clinic. Doctor did not check the flower pot where the mosquito larva was found.