Pharmacies should have systems in place to alert pharmacists when a customer tries to fill prescription medications that could be harmful when combined. Automated alerts should create what is referred to as a “hard stop.” This will stop a pharmacist from dispensing medications that could be dangerous when combined.
A pharmacist’s failure to obey this alert and to dispense these medications is negligence. At a minimum the pharmacist should warn the customer of potentially dangerous drug combinations. When a pharmacist fails to warn of potentially dangerous drug interactions, and customer injury results, the pharmacy and pharmacist are liable for financial damages.
Examples of dangerous combinations include;
Clarithromycin, and antibiotic, when combined with Ergotamine, a migraine medication, is a potentially fatal combination that can result in stroke or gangrene. Simvastatin, a cholesterol medication, can also be fatal when combined with Clarithromycin.
Have You Been Affected by a Pharmacy Mistake?
If you or a loved one has recently been harmed after being provided with the wrong medication, you may be entitled to monetary compensation for the injuries you have sustained. At Kane Law, we handle pharmacy error cases. To learn more about how we can help you pursue a claim for compensation, call 1-866-764-6060.