Pharmacist gives child methadone instead of antibiotics

A UK pharmacy has written a letter of apology to a worried mother after it mistakenly dispensed methadone for her nine-year-old daughter.

The woman had visited the pharmacy to fill an antibiotics prescription, but was given methadone intended for another patient.

The mother, Donna Buckley of Nottingham, noticed that her daughter became drowsy after taking the drug.

Soon afterwards a pharmacist visited their home, Ms Buckley told The Sun newspaper.

“He said that there had been a mix up and ‘have we got the medicine he gave to Ruby this morning?’

“He said she will be fine but wanted a private meeting at the pharmacy the next day.”

But Ms Buckley visited the pharmacy later the same day after her daughter, Ruby-Mai, felt “really warm” and her condition worsened.

She was then taken home and told their daughter had been given a prescription of methadone meant for someone else.

Ruby-Mai was taken to the emergency department at the local hospital and kept overnight for observation.