A 59-YEAR-old man admitted to hospital with a sore toe died weeks later because of the alleged interaction of a medication he was given with another he was already on, it was claimed in the High Court.
John Devereux's widow, Margaret Devereux of Greenrath, Co Tipperary, settled her action against the HSE, as a result of the death of her husband, for €45,000.
It was claimed that on January 18, 2008, he was admitted to South Tipperary General Hospital in Clonmel with an infection of his right toe.
He was examined and diagnosed with septic arthritis together with severe swelling and infection of his right toe.
Sodium fusidate, a fusidic acid, was prescribed to treat the infection and Mr Devereux was sent home.
It was claimed that Mr Devereux was re-admitted to the hospital on Febraury 15, 2008, complaining of aching in both legs for the past five days which was getting worse and associated pain in his arms.
It was claimed Mr Devereux had developed rhabdmoloysis, a muscle breakdown condition due to the alleged interaction between and the co-prescribing of the Lipitor and fusidic acid.
It was further claimed the alleged interaction had not been recognised or considered at the time of initial prescribing in the hospital.
Five further doses of fusidic acid along with saline it is alleged were administered.
Mr Devereux's health deteriorated and he developed acute renal failure.
On February 21, 2008, he was diagnosed with the muscle breakdown condition and was transferred to Cork Unversity Hosptial the next day but died there on March 2, 2008.
As a result of her husband's death, Mrs Devereux claimed she suffered severe mental distress, loss and damage.
It was claimed the HSE was negligent and in breach of duty in failing to recognise the interaction of the Lipitor and fusidic acid could cause cause the onset of muscle break down condition.
It was also alleged there was a failure to recognise the onset of the condition after his re-admission hospital despite his complaint of aches for the previous five days.
The defendant denied all the claims and the court heard yesterday the case would have been strongly disputed by the HSE and hospital.
Approving the €45,000 settlement, Ms Justice Mary Irvine said there would have been a huge hill to climb to establish the claim and she described the case as very tragic.