In Nottingham a nine-year-old girl was rushed to the Emergency Unit after the pharmacist mistakenly supplied Methadone against a Trimethoprim prescription.
Nine-year-old Ruby was prescribed Trimethoprim for a urine infection which her Mother presented to the pharmacist at Manor Pharmacy Meadows on Tuesday.
The pharmacist supplied what was believed to be antibiotics to the mother providing instructions to administer TWO 5ml spoonfuls morning and night. After the first dose, Ruby felt very sleepy and tired. It was very obvious to the family that Ruby was not her usual self.
Later that day, the Pharmacist showed up at Ruby’s house to ask for the medication back and did not alarm the parents of the incident; even after the mother informed him she had administered the first dose to Ruby.
Ruby’s condition kept deteriorating.
Miss Buckley (Ruby’s Mum) decided to go back to the pharmacy and ask the pharmacist what is wrong with Ruby. The pharmacist closed the shop and followed Ruby’s mum back to examine Ruby; who was now feeling warm. The Pharmacist finally admitted he accidentally supplied Methadone a controlled drug used in Heroine addiction in place of Trimethoprim an antibiotic commonly used in urine infection. Ruby was rushed to the Emergency Unit by her family.
Ruby has since then made a full recovery, and a full investigation is being carried out by NHS England and General Pharmaceutical Council.