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A teenage girl has died outside a pharmacy in Ireland after a staff member refused to give her family an EpiPen to inject her for a nut allergy because she didn't have a prescription.
Emma Sloan, 14, was out for dinner in Dublin with her family when she accidentally ingested a sauce containing nuts that she mistook for curry, the Irish Herald reported.
"I'm so angry I was not given the EpiPen to inject her. I was told to bring Emma to an A&E department. Emma was allergic to nuts and was very careful. How could a peanut kill my child?
A senior member of staff at the Hamilton Long pharmacy told the Irish Independent that they had been advised by gardai to make no public comment whatsoever about the incident.
A member of the pharmacy profession in Dublin later told this newspaper that regulations prohibit the dispensing of epipen injections without a prescription.
It is classed as an 'S1B' drug containing adrenaline and has the potential to do harm. Pharmacists are not allowed to give the injection.
A member of management at Jimmy Chung's said the satay sauce had a sign over it which read: "Satay Sauce. Nuts Contained."
The restaurant owner Tony Shek said later: "We heard nothing about it. The staff are often asked by family members if foods contain nuts. But nothing was mentioned to any staff yesterday."
Mother's agony as teenage girl dies from peanut allergy on city street
reply to post by cuckooold
Sad, but this says a lot about her responsibility regarding something that could and did kill her.
Why didn't she carry one as a matter of habit if she knew she was allergic to nuts?
reply to post by cuckooold
I disagree. we should not accept that refusal to help anyone under distress to be ok, especially if it results in death. I do agree that the blame is not all on the pharmacist but it shared by how the structure is set and society in general, if something is wrong we should attempt to fix it even if we have a reasonable explanation of why it is broken.
I also would expect a parent to be more forceful if facing a similar situation (presential), most parents would not accept the refusal peacefully and be resigned to a child die (or even suffer). So the reason to deny help can not be rationalized only to procedural barriers but on a rightful assessment of circumstances. The definition of involuntary manslaughter is based on the unlawful killing of a human being without malice aforethought, so the keyword is unlawful is it lawful to deny assistance in a life or death situation ?edit on 23-12-2013 by Panic2k11 because: (no reason given)
If I am having an allergic reaction like this, I'm headed to the hospital, not the pharmacy. I don't know how it works in Ireland, but in the US, a pharmacy could be sued, shutdown and possible jail time for giving out medication without a prescription. It's a sad story, but the ill person should have had wits enough have called 911 or go to the hospital.
To me this is no different to the case of the nurse who refused to give cpr to somebody who was having a heart attack.
You can stand back and say well I don't want to be sued, but then you have to live with that persons death on your conscience, although these people probably don't have them, which is why they don't help in the first place.