Parents sue on-line pharmacy over teen suicide

March 20, 2006

The parents of a California teenaged debate champion who committed suicide seven weeks after getting fluoxetine on-line have sued the Web site, the prescribing doctor, and the pharmacy for negligence and wrongful death. The parents of John McKay allege that the 19-year-old ordered the anti-depressant from USAnet.com that a Colorado psychiatrist whose prescriptive authority was revoked wrote the Rx without examining him, and that a Mississippi-based community pharmacy dispensed the drug.

Parents sue on-line pharmacy over teen suicide

The parents of a California teenaged debate champion who committed suicide seven weeks after getting fluoxetine on-line have sued the Web site, the prescribing doctor, and the pharmacy for negligence and wrongful death. The parents of John McKay allege that the 19-year-old ordered the anti-depressant from http://USAnet.com/ that a Colorado psychiatrist whose prescriptive authority was revoked wrote the Rx without examining him, and that a Mississippi-based community pharmacy dispensed the drug. The psychiatrist and the pharmacy have denied any responsibility for McKay's death, according to published reports.

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