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Junior doctor is struck off after prescribing errors and “disgraceful” conduct

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h1663 (Published 26 March 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h1663
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1The BMJ

A junior doctor who made two “potentially dangerous” prescribing errors within days and then committed a string of petty crimes while excluded from work has been struck off the UK medical register.

Prashen Pillay was a foundation year 1 trainee doing a rotation in geriatric medicine in Sussex when he wrote 250 milligrams instead of 250 micrograms on a digoxin prescription—effectively multiplying the dose by 1000. A nurse, realising that such a dose was impossible, administered 2.5 milligrams, still 10 times the intended dose. The 76 year old patient, Joan Dixon, died of a heart attack within hours.

Pillay had made a similar error two weeks previously, transcribing “4 units” of fast acting insulin as “40 units,” although the 82 year …

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