A 58-year-old Lakeland grandmother is dead and the family is suing CVS Pharmacy, alleging that she was given a wrong prescription for a powerful opoid pain reliever that should have gone to another patient.
According to the Lakeland Ledger, the woman filled four prescriptions at a CVS Pharmacy, but was given five medications in all. One of those medications, a prescription for hydrocone 5-500 mg, was not meant to go to her, but was meant for another patient.
A month after filling the prescriptions in April 2011, the woman was dead. The lawsuit claims the autopsy revealed that the woman had died of “multiple drug intoxication.” The suit has named CVS Pharmacy and CVS Caremark Corp. as defendants and is seeking more than $15,000 in damages.
This story comes on the heels of news that the Florida House passed a bill that would raise the number of pharmacy technicians that can be assigned to a pharmacist from a maximum of three to six. It would also eliminate the Florida Board of Pharmacy’s power to lower the ratio in cases where it sees problems.
While chain and online pharmacies appear to support the bill, many independent pharmacists and those employed by hospitals and universities object to it.
The chains say that increasing the ratio will free up a pharmacist to concentrate on higher-level work and will increase productivity. Those opposed say that pharmacies turned into assembly line drug dispensaries can only lead to mistakes that can harm or kill people.
One independent pharmacist told Health News Florida, “I think we’re putting the public at great risk.”
Mistakes made at a pharmacy can lead to injuries and death. That is why it is essential that they take the time and have systems in place to assure that they get it right. If you or a loved one has been harmed by a pharmacy mistake, the prescription error attorneys at Farah & Farah in Jacksonville would like to speak to you about your legal options. Contact us online or call us at (800) 533-3555. We are dedicated legal professionals who want to see justice done in your case.