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Court: Warnings not responsibility of pharmacy

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A divided Arkansas Supreme Court has ruled that pharmacists are not responsible for warning patients about the interaction of drugs.

Although two justices dissented, the court's majority ruled Friday that Rose Drugs of Dardanelle didn't have a duty to warn Kevin Allen Curry about possible dangers of combining drugs his doctor prescribed in August 2005 for Curry's facial pain.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports Curry was found dead two days after having the prescriptions filled. An autopsy indicated he died from "mixed drug interaction" combined with alcohol.

Curry's estate sued the pharmacy and doctor, Randeep Mann. The state Medical Board had suspended Mann's prescription-writing privileges on several occasions.

In a separate case, a federal jury convicted Mann last August of orchestrating an explosion that almost killed the board's chairman.

Information from: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, http://www.arkansasonline.com

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