Prescription for Zolpidem Filled with Levaquin

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January 2016, Vol 4, No 1 - Malpractice News

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Prescription for Zolpidem Filled with Levaquin

The Case
The plaintiff, a 50-year-old man, went to the pharmacy to pick up his prescription for Ambien. The pharmacy gave the plaintiff a bottle of medication with a label for Zolpidem, a generic form of Ambien. They also, as was procedure, included the package insert for Zolpidem. However, the pharmacy actually dispensed to the plaintiff 250 mg of Levaquin, an antibiotic known to cause tendon rupture and inflammation, tendinitis, and other musculoskeletal side effects. Included in the prescription should have been a black box warning advising patients of serious side effects of the drugs. However, since the label on the bottle was for Zolpidem, which does not require a black box warning, it was not included. The plaintiff noticed that his pills looked different from his previous Ambien pills, and returned to the pharmacy, where the pharmacy employee assured him the pills were the same, only looked differently because they were generic. The plaintiff continued to take the pills for approximately 2 months before the error was discovered. He had started to experience side effects of Levaquin, but did not know he should discontinue its use because he did not know the dangers of the side effects because he did not have the correct package insert. After learning of the mistake, the plaintiff was diagnosed with diffuse tendonitis. He experiences pain in all extremities, even during rest. The plaintiff experienced a sharp pain in his Achilles area and fell popping his right knee, tearing his ACL and meniscus.

The Verdict
The parties reached a settlement of $225,000.

Anonymous Plaintiff v. Anonymous Defendant(s), County (MA) District Court, Case No.

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Flu Vaccination Blamed for Bursitis

The Case
The plaintiff, a man in his mid-sixties, received a flu vaccination from defendant pharmacist. He immediately developed pain that stemmed from his right arm, which was the site of the vaccination.

He claimed that the pain severely restricted his right shoulder’s range of motion and he further claimed that he suffers ongoing residual effects including bursitis.

The plaintiff claimed that the defendant did not properly administer the vaccination, and the remaining defendants negligently failed to supervise and train the defendant pharmacist.

The Verdict
A defendant verdict was returned.

John E. & Penelope Brady v. ShopRite of Vails Gate NY; Wakenfern Food Corp; Glen S. Kay, MD; Leonard Abate Jr, RPh, Orange County (NY) Supreme Court, Case No. 6750/13.

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Online Prescription for Carisoprodol

The Case
Plaintiff’s decedent, a 30-year-old woman, claimed that Rand Pharmacy, Inc, gave online prescriptions for Carisoprodol (a centrally acting skeletal muscle relaxant of the carbamate class which produces all the effects associated with barbiturate receptor ligands) without ever having a face to face exam or being licensed in Georgia, where she lived. Decedent was on other medication (prescribed by her local doctor) for injuries received in a car wreck. She subsequently died of multiple drug toxicity.

The Verdict
The case settled for $375,000.

Jenny Galloway, et al v. Rand Pharmacy, Inc, et al, US District Court ND Illinois, No. 1:11-cv-01583.

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Reprinted with permission from Medical Malpractice Verdicts, Settlements and Experts, Lewis Laska, Editor, Nashville, Tennessee, 800-298-6288.

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