SDN Members don't see this ad. About the ads. Here is somewhat of a legal question simply because I have always been curious about this. Let's say that a physician prescribes a patient a medication. The patient goes to his pharmacy and gets the medication, takes it, has some type of reaction to it and dies. Let's say that there is no way the physician or the pharmacist could have predicted this reaction. Who is at fault? For another scenario, let's say that the doctor writes a prescription for a patient which interacts with a medication the patient is currently on but does not tell the doctor about. The patient then gets this medication filled at a brand new pharmacy that does not have his or her prescription history. The patient takes the medication and dies. Now who is at fault?