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Nut Allergy Death Enquiry

January 28, 2016 | biocare

A pharmacist was the subject of a fitness to practice enquiry following the untimely and tragic death of a fourteen year old teenager. The teenager concerned suffered a severe allergic reaction to nuts contained in a satay sauce which was purchased from a Chinese restaurant take-away.

It was alleged the pharmacist who worked in Hamilton Long Pharmacy failed to respond adequately when he declined to provide the teenager’s mother with an Epipen device without a prescription. An expert witness told the enquiry the pharmacist’s refusal to dispense the life saving device containing adrenalin mounted to poor professional performance. Following consideration the enquiry dismissed the allegations made against the pharmacist stating there was insufficient evidence of poor professional performance on the pharmacist’s part in relation to the incident.

(Ref. FSA-Jan 16)