Couple sues Fruth Pharmacy for failure to warn about medications

By Kyla Asbury | Oct 5, 2011

CHARLESTON -- A couple is suing Fruth Pharmacy after they claim the pharmacy failed to warn them about medications.

Fruth Pharmacy filled prescriptions for Trazadone, Fluoxetine and Alprazolam for T.A.S., according to a complaint filed Sept. 13 in Kanawha Circuit Court.

T.A.S. and his wife, J.S., claim each of the three medications present their own individual risks, but when taken together, the combination of drugs are known to present risks for harmful interactions.

Fruth knew or should have known of the risk the interactions presented by combinations of the medications, according to the suit.

The plaintiffs claim when filling prescriptions, pharmacists are required to perform a drug utilization review in order to screen for possible interactions with other drugs the patient may be taking, among other things.

The defendant failed to alert T.A.S. of the known interactions associated with the combination of medications, according to the suit.

The plaintiffs are seeking compensatory damages. They are being represented by John W. Barrett, P. Gregory Haddad and Robert P. Lorea.

The case has been assigned to Circuit Judge Carrie Webster.

Kanawha Circuit Court case number: 11-C-1619

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