Lawyers Settle Pharmacy Malpractice Lawsuit
Attorneys Fred Pritzker settled a wrongful death case where a patient was injected with a medication that was 10 times the prescribed dose. The woman died almost immediately. This was not a case against Walgreens.
You can call 1-888-377-8900 to contact Fred for your free consultation regarding a lawsuit against a pharmacy for medical malpractice.
You Have Legal Rights if Walgreens Provided the Wrong Medication or Wrong Dose
With monthly sales in the billions, Walgreens is one of the nation’s largest pharmacy chains. Pharmacies owe patients filling prescriptions a duty of care. When that duty is breached and that breach causes harm to the patient, a pharmacy is liable for damages, meaning the pharmacy has to compensate the patient and/or the patient’s family for the resulting injuries or death. Read about pharmacy and pharmacist malpractice.
Prescription Error Lawsuits
Pharmacy errors can happen when the wrong dose of a prescription is given, when the wrong medication is given and in other circumstances. The following are examples of Walgreens lawsuits1:
$25.8 Million for Wrong Dose
A jury found that a pharmacist gave a patient blood-thinner medication 10 times stronger than her doctor had prescribed. Jurors concluded the error caused the 42-year-old patient to suffer a serious stroke. The $25,800,000 verdict was upheld by upheld by the Court of Appeals.2
Alleged Toxic Drug Interaction
A jury found that a pharmacist failed to counsel a patient about the danger of simultaneously taking two drugs, methadone and tramadol, and failed to double-check the prescription with the patient’s doctor. The patient died of a toxic drug interaction.
Alleged Wrong Medication
A jury found that apharmacist gave a patient the wrong medication, allegedly causing kidney failure and the eventual death of the patient. The pharmacist admitted he had been abusing prescription pain killers.
Alleged Wrong Dose on Drug Label
According to a lawsuit filed in Florida, an allegedly mislabeled a prescription for Histacol DM syrup caused an infant to became non-responsive after taking the first dose. The Walgreens allegedly misprinted the label, stating the dose as a quarter teaspoon instead of a quarter milliliter, six times the amount the infant was supposed to be given.
The cases above were not litigated by our law firm.
You can call 1-888-377-8900 (toll free) or use our free consultation form to contact our lawyers for your free case evaluation.
Footnotes: 1. Kevin McCoy, “Lawsuit: Walgreens prescription error killed man” (Nov. 2008) <http://abcnews.go.com/Business/Story?id=3809406&page=1>.
2. Avni Patel and Brian Ross, “Walgreens Told to Pay $25.8 Million Over Teen Pharmacy Tech’s Error” (March 1, 2010) http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/walgreens-told-pay-285-mil-teen-pharmacy-techs/story?id=9977262.