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Law Firm Goes after California Pharmacists over Lindane

Magazine article Drug Topics

Law Firm Goes after California Pharmacists over Lindane

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More than bills and belated holiday day cards turned up in the mailboxes of several California pharmacists this January. A number of independent and chain pharmacies received letters from attorney Shawn Khorrami regarding possible violations of a California law affecting lindane products.

Under California's Proposition 65, consumers must be notified whenever they are exposed to any kind of product with an ingredient that has been shown to be toxic or carcinogenic. Lindane (gamma HCH) is present in a number of generic anti-lice products, despite more than 20 years of evidence linking it to potentially fatal adverse effects, including seizures, neuromuscular disorders, and cancer.

"The proposition is a little bit vague as to who needs to give consumers notice when you're talking about a prescription drug," said John Cronin, general counsel for the California Pharmacists Association (CPhA). The CPhA has fielded several calls from R.Ph.s statewide who received the attorney's letter. "The way that Shawn Khorrami's office is interpreting the law is that everyone along the line of distribution needs to give notice to the patient."

Khorrami, who could not be reached for comment, is apparently targeting pharmacies that he believes are not providing the required warnings to consumers, added Cronin. …

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