Woman 35, cautioned following 86-year-old Felixstowe man’s death after pharmacy gave him incorrect prescription

Douglas Lamond

Douglas Lamond - Credit: Contributed

A 35-year-old woman has been cautioned under the Medicines Act following the death of 86-year-old Douglas Lamond from Felixstowe after he was given the wrong medication.

Around 6.15pm on May 12, 2012 Suffolk Constabulary was contacted by Ipswich Hospital who reported Mr Lamond, from Stewart Close, had been admitted to accident and emergency feeling unwell and had subsequently died.

Concern was raised that he may have been given the wrong prescription drugs.

A post mortem examination was carried out, along with further toxicology tests, which confirmed that medication Mr Lamond had taken would have been a contributory factor in his death.

Police had said that after making enquiries it was established that prior to his death, Mr Lamond had been given an incorrect prescription from his pharmacy.

Anne-Marie Breach, a spokeswoman for Suffolk Constabulary, said: “A detailed investigation into this incident was carried out by the Joint Norfolk and Suffolk Major Investigation Team, with close support from the General Pharmaceutical Council.

“A file was then submitted to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) as to whether any criminal prosecution should be brought against the pharmacy or any relevant staff involved.

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“Initial CPS advice was receive that no further action should be taken however, in March 2014, Mr Lamond’s family sought a full review of this decision.

“Following extensive consultation with CPS lawyers and Mr Lamond’s family a decision has been taken to caution a 35-year-old woman with an offence under the Medicines Act 1968 for supplying the wrong prescription.

“Yesterday the woman was has been cautioned for supplying a product that was not of the nature or quality demanded by the purchaser – the full text of the caution reads; ‘On 10th May 2012 supplied a product that was not of the nature or quality demanded by the purchaser contrary to s64(1) and 67(1) of the Medicines Act 1968’.

“A file will now be passed to HM Coroner for the purpose of progressing inquest proceedings.”