Medication Error Causes Louisville Woman’s Wrongful Death
Posted on Mar 07, 2012
A fatal Walgreens pharmacy error has led to a wrongful death lawsuit in Kentucky.
The estate of Mary Moore has filed a suit Wednesday in Jefferson Circuit Court claiming that the victim was given the wrong medication. Moore allegedly handed a prescription to a Walgreens location in Jeffersontown for Hydralazine, a high blood pressure medication. When she picked up the prescription in November 2010, she was given Hydroxyzine, an antihistamine.
Moore, who had been hospitalized shortly before the incident due to high blood pressure, congestive heart failure and kidney problems, took the Hydroxyzine for two weeks before Walgreens discovered the error.
Hydroxyzine is considered to be a high-risk medicine for elderly patients, since it may cause confusion and over sedation. The medication sent Moore back to the hospital for emergency treatment, where she later died.
Moore’s family believes that she was not given proper counseling from the pharmacist on the medication she was given. If she had, the pharmacist would have been able to correct the mistake before it did any harm.
“She knew she was going to die and nothing could be done to save her life,” the suit says.
The family is suing Walgreens Corporation for causing wrongful death and compensatory and punitive damages from staff pharmacist Anthony Bower. Bower was the pharmacist on duty at 2360 Stony Brook Drive on the day the accident took place.
A spokesman for the national pharmacy chain said Wednesday that neither Bower nor anyone else there could comment on the case, since employees are not allowed to comment on pending lawsuits.
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