Jury Returns Defense Verdict, Concludes Blood Pressure Medication Did Not Cause Allergic Reaction
November 23, 2016 | Strategic Insights for Ambulatory Care
A defense verdict was reached in a California medical malpractice case claiming that a patient had allergic reactions to a medication prescribed by an internist who allegedly failed to consult the patient's medical record, states a report from the September 2016 Medical Malpractice Verdicts, Settlements & Experts(subscription required). The 50-year-old patient, who had a 9-year history of hypertension, had an allergic reaction that resulted in angioedema. One year later, she had four separate allergic angioedema reactions to various substances and medications. Her primary care physician believed that her blood pressure medication was responsible for the reactions and discontinued her lisinopril. Two years later, the patient visited an internist about her hypertension, and the internist prescribed lisinopril to supplement the blood pressure medication prescribed by the patient's primary care physician.