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Lawsuit Alleges Walgreens Dispensed Wrong Drug Leading to Fatality

Pharmacy errors can happen when the wrong dose of a prescription is given or when the wrong medication is given. Recently another lawsuit was filed against Walgreens for dispensing the wrong medication.

A Louisville, KY woman’s estate filed a wrongful-death lawsuit against the drugstore and one of its pharmacists, claiming the woman died as the result of receiving the wrong prescription. According to the suit, the woman had suffered from high blood pressure, congestive heart failure and kidney failure.

The lawsuit alleges that the woman presented a prescription to Walgreens for Hydralazine, a high blood pressure medication, but instead received an antihistamine, Hydroxyzine. Her condition went untreated for two weeks before the error was discovered. Although the pharmacy substituted the correct medication, it was too late. The suit seeks compensatory and punitive damages as well as a jury trial.

Some medications have similar names (Hydralazine and Hydroxyzine) or similar packaging, which can lead to a pharmacist or other medical professional carelessly giving a patient the wrong medication. Sometimes the wrong medication is given because the pharmacist was in a hurry and didn’t double check, the medication was shelved wrong, the doctor prescribed the wrong medication, or the patient was given another patient’s medication. If you believe you or someone you love has been the victim of a prescription error or medication mistake, you should contact a medical malpractice attorney. Additionally, if you or your family is going through the emotional and financial stress from a medical malpractice or wrongful death, litigation funding may be the answer to help you through these times. No amount of money will ever replace a loved one, but lawsuit funding can help financially through the most difficult times. It is a means to assist with your financial burdens while your lawyer seeks appropriate justice.