Call to decriminalise one-off prescribing mistakes

A call to decriminalise one-off prescribing mistakes following the jailing of a pharmacist have been made by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain (RPSGB).

Elizabeth Lee, of Windsor, Berkshire, was sentenced at the Old Bailey in London earlier this month and was given a three-month jail term suspended for 18 months and a 12-month suspension for dispensing beta-blockers instead of steroids to a 72-year-old patient in August 2007.

The patient died three days later although a judge ruled that long-term illness was responsible for his death, not Ms Lee.

The RPSGB believes such mistakes are not criminal offences and should be dealt by the society in its capacity as regulator.

tom.ireland@haymarket.com

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