Ron Apenbrinck, of St. Louis, was supposed to receive Hydrocodone to treat his hernia. Instead, he mistakenly received medication for another patient: a heart-related prescription. The error occurred because Apenbrinck's name was on the pharmacy bag-but the other patient's name was on the prescription label.
Apenbrinck, not noticing the name on the bottle, took the medication as he had been instructed for several days. Apenbrinck recalls that the pill made him dizzy, ultimately resulting in a fall from a ledge.
"I was in a lot of pain, my wife was crying screaming for help," he said.
After the accident, he spent nearly a week in the hospital suffering from a self-described mini-stroke. Medical documents attest that Apenbrinck has developed a variety of conditions since the drug mistake, including an irregular heartbeat and permanent injuries to his head, neck, back, and nervous system.
As a result of his injuries, he is now taking 11 medications every day.
Walgreens acknowledged the error in a statement, remarking that they have "a multi-step prescription filling process with numerous safety checks in each step to reduce the chance of human error." The company also assured the media that they "investigate what happens in each case and work to prevent it from happening again."
As to compensation for this case, Apenbrinck's lawyer has said that a Walgreens employee at the South Kingshighway Boulevard location has apologized for the error, and the company has agreed to take care of medical bills.
If you or someone you know have been affected due to presciption errors, contact an experienced pharmacy error attorney today.