Florida Appeals Court Says Pharmacy Could Be Negligent in Patient’s Death
Chris Welsh, Esq.
The Florida Court of Appeal, 5th District, has reinstated negligence claims against a pharmacy in the death of patient Steven Porter, who was
being treated for a stress syndrome (harrismartin.com).
Allegedly, the pharmacy filled prescriptions that were lawfully written by a physician but unreasonable, thus breaching its duty of care to the patient. The appeals court concluded that the pharmacy could be held liable for failing to inquire why the patient’s doctor repeatedly prescribed drugs before previous prescription for that drug had been finished.
It is alleged that the pharmacy filled up to 30 prescriptions for strong medications without question and too closely in time. In March 2011, Steven Porter died from combined drug intoxication of Alprazolam and Hydrocodone (pankauskilawfirm.com).
Always talk to your doctor and pharmacist about your drug prescription and how to follow it safely. If you or a loved one has suffered injury from serious side effects of a medical drug, reach out to an attorney. You may be able to explore legal options.