A Florida woman is suing for pharmaceutical malpractice after her boyfriend conspired with a Tampa pharmacy to fill her prescription with a drug that is known to cause abortions. According to reports, Remee Jo Lee found out she was pregnant but several days later had a miscarriage.
Her boyfriend, 28-year-old John Andrew Welden, recently admitted in a signed plea agreement that he forged his father’s signature on a prescription and convinced an unnamed employee of Sun Lake Pharmacy in Tampa to switch his girlfriend’s prescription to Cytotec (a medical abortion drug). According to court documents, Welden’s father, an obstetrician, actually confirmed Lee’s pregnancy just days before her miscarriage.
Not only was the medication changed, but a fake label was created. In fact, Welden got the unnamed conspirator at the pharmacy to mark that the prescription bottle contents were Amoxicillin that Lee was prescribed. In addition, Welden went through the pills and scratched off the pills’ identifying markings.
Lee is claiming that after she took this drug—which she believed was an antibiotic—she experienced severe pain and bleeding and went to the hospital. Sadly, she suffered a miscarriage as a result. Now she has filed a suit against three pharmacists and two technicians at the Tampa pharmacy for pharmaceutical malpractice. Her lawsuit claims that “a reasonably competent, concerned and safe pharmacist would have recognized that the prescription […] was grossly in error.” The pharmacy malpractice lawsuit argues that the pharmacist should have contacted the doctor’s office after realizing the prescription seemed suspicious.
Since Welden pled guilty, he may receive up to 13 years in prison, but his sentencing hearing won’t occur until December.