Drug interaction caused stroke?

by Caren
(Jupiter, Florida)

My father went into the hospital in July with Pneumonia. His medical history included a stroke 2 years prior and therefore was on Clopidogrel to prevent another stroke. When he was admitted to the hospital in July with pneumonia, he was put on Omeprazole, prophylactically to prevent a peptic ulcer. He has never had a history of peptic ulcers or any stomach acid issues.

While in the hospital, he had a stroke and died 2 weeks later from complications of the stroke and pneumonia.

I feel that my father may have had the stroke while in the hospital because he was put on Omeprazole. Omeprazole reduces the effectiveness of Clopidogrel by about 47%. In November of 2009, the FDA issued a warning concerning the concomitant use of Omeprazole and Clopidogrel.

Here is a link to the FDA Warning

Do you think that the hospital and the physician that prescribed this are negligent and should be held responsible for my father's death? Are there any other liable parties in this case? Thank you for any information you can provide.

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ANSWER for "Drug interaction caused stroke?":

Caren (Jupiter, Florida):

You are alluding to a defective product claim against the pharmaceutical companies. While there may be evidence the drugs may have resulted in a premature death, proving the link will have to be borne by an seasoned attorney with substantial experience in medical malpractice and/or pharmaceutical defective product cases.

Moreover, there may be a "class action" already in existence for people who have sustained similar medical issues as a result of the drugs. If so, on behalf of your father’s estate, you may be able to "opt-in" to the class action.

If you can opt-in to an existing class action, you won't have to pay any legal fees until, and unless the law firm is successful in settling the claim or winning it at court. Do a search online to check for existing class actions.

The above is general information. Laws change frequently, and across jurisdictions. You should get a personalized case evaluation from an attorney licensed in your state. Find a local attorney to give you a free case review here, or call (888) 647-2490.

Best of luck,

Judge Calisi

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