Pharmacist ‘alert fatigue’ blamed for woman’s death

The failure of a pair of pharmacists to identify an adverse interaction between two prescription drugs has led to a Canadian woman’s death, according to investigators.

As reported by CBC News, 76-year-old Helena Lambert was healthy and active for her age, when she was prescribed allopurinol to treat her gout. However, Ms Lambert was already taking mercaptopurine for colitis.