Case in Point: Shared Responsibility for Medication Adherence

In litigation based on bad outcomes from drug therapy, courts often evaluate the shared responsibilities of the prescriber, the pharmacist, and the patient. A recent case from Pennsylvania provides the opportunity to consider the significance of a prescriber’s verification to a pharmacist of prescriptions that were issued with ambiguous directions. The case also considers the relevance of the patient’s prior nonadherence with drug therapy. (Source: Pharmacy Today, Jan. 2017, Volume 23, Issue 1, Page 45)