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Walgreens at Center of Wrong Medication Lawsuit

David W. Hodges
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Partner at Kennedy Hodges LLP practicing pharmacy error, medical malpractice and personal injury law
Posted on Jan 07, 2013

In November, a lawsuit was filed in Madison County Circuit Court against Walgreen Co., better known as Walgreens or Walgreens Pharmacy. The lawsuit claims that the pharmacy gave a Madison man the wrong drugs and he suffered a severe allergic reaction to the medication he was given.

According to the wrong medication lawsuit, the Walgreens Pharmacy that is involved in this incident of pharmacy error is located in Edwardsville, Illinois and the error occurred in November 2010. The person bringing the suit against Walgreens is Michael Totty.

According to Totty, he was prescribed Zithromax and Ceftin by his doctor; however, that is not what the Walgreens pharmacy on West Vandalia in Edwardsville filled. Instead, the pharmacy gave him penicillin, an antibiotic, and a steroid methylprednisolone. In addition to receiving the wrong drugs, Totty also stated that he was given the wrong instructions on how to take these medications.

Allegedly, Totty was allergic to the penicillin, which he claims caused him “severe discomfort, an altered metabolism, elevated blood sugar and a compromised immune system.” This is of great concern because Totty is diabetic.

The suit contends that the pharmacy has the duty to dispense the right prescriptions and to the right customers; however, the lawsuit contends that this didn’t happen in Totty’s case.

Because Totty claims he was caused mental anguish, physical pain, disability, loss of a normal life, and underwent medical care due to this pharmacy mistake, he is seeking associated costs of $50,000 plus court costs.

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