A woman and her husband were awarded $2.5 million last month by a jury in Montgomery County, Ala., in a prescription misfill case. The Plaintiffs filed suit against Rite Aid in 2008 over the error. The pharmacy filled a prescription for a painkiller with a steroid in late 2006, causing the woman a number of severe health problems. A prescription was obtained from a local doctor for a pain medication on November 11, 2006. Two days later, the prescription was filled by Rite Aid, but the wrong medicine was given.
A pharmacist filled the order with dexamethasone, which is a steroid often used in the treatment of cancer. This steroid has severe side effects. It also can be harmful for a patient to stop taking the drug suddenly. There was a high-low agreement, agreed by the parties, which means Rite Aid won’t be able to appeal the verdict and will have to pay the Plaintiffs.
Rite Aid has retrained the entire staff at this Montgomery store following the incident. A Rite Aid spokesperson acknowledged that the misfill was serious, saying that “immediately after the incident occurred in 2006, we retrained the entire pharmacy staff on our strict quality assurance measures.” Greg Davis and Dan W. Taliaferro, lawyers from Montgomery, represented the Plaintiffs and did a very good job for them.
Source: Montgomery Advertiser
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