A Walgreens pharmacy claim was filed in the 24th Judicial District Court on February 15, 2013, after a Jefferson Parish man indicated that he went into the local drugstore for his prescription but received the wrong medication unknowingly. Frank Gardner, the man suing Walgreens and Walgreens Family of Companies, went into the Walgreens pharmacy located at 1556 Lapalco Boulevard in Harvey to pick up his prescription, but was the victim of a prescription mix-up.
Gardner claimed that his prescription was for Clonidine to help lower his blood pressure; however, he received Clonazepan. Instead of the correct medicine he needed to control his blood pressure, he was mistakenly given a drug to treat panic attacks and seizures. However, Gardner was unaware of this pharmacy error and began to take the wrong medication.
After taking the wrong drug, the lawsuit states that Gardner began to experience numbness and tingling in his left hand, high blood pressure, and memory loss. Gardner suffered needless injuries due to receiving the incorrect medication at his local Walgreens pharmacy and is suing for compensation.
Gardner is accusing Walgreens of:
- Failing to distribute the drug correctly
- Not reading the label prior to handing the medication over to the patient
- Failing to use reasonable and prudent care
- Not training its staff properly
- Failing to take any and all necessary medical preventive measures
Gardner is suing for $75,000 for mental anguish, medical expenses, and physical pain and suffering that the wrong medication caused him.