If Ohio is like the rest of the nation, many of its residents are on at least one prescription medication. Millions of people across the United States rely on their pharmacists to get them the medication they need. However, in a recent case of pharmaceutical litigation, a woman in another state is claiming that just the opposite occurred.
The woman is suing CVS pharmacy in federal court after, she claims, she was sent home with the wrong medication in her prescription bottle. She had her prescription for Ropinirole filled for her restless leg syndrome. When she arrived home, she took three pills. It was then, the woman claims, that she began hallucinating and having terrible nightmares.
When her family noticed that she was speaking nonsensically, the woman’s daughter checked the prescription bottle. The label had the woman’s name and information correct, but described the pills within as “pink” and marked with the letters “HH.” However, the tablets in the bottle were actually inscribed with the letter “M” and were not pink.
The woman went to the hospital where she was put on IV fluids. She and her lawyers are claiming that the pharmacy mistakenly gave her the prescription drug Risperdone, a medication used by schizophrenics. While she describes the ordeal as haunting and traumatic, her experience was, frighteningly, not particularly rare. Of the five billion prescriptions filled annually in the U.S., approximately 2 percent are mistakes, meaning that millions of people endure similar medication errors, to varying degrees of severity. If anyone in Ohio has likewise suffered due to pharmacy error, he or she may benefit from the counsel and advice of an attorney with experience in pharmaceutical litigation.
Source: newschannel5.com, “Woman Sues Pharmacy Claiming She Was Given Wrong Pills”, Nick Beres, Feb. 23, 2017