Patient Sues Wal-Mart Pharmacy for Prescription Mix-Up

In a recent lawsuit that our Maryland Pharmacy Error Injury Attorneys have been following, a Wal-mart pharmacy is being accused of giving a Texas resident another patient’s prescription—a pharmacy mistake that reportedly led to personal injuries and physical suffering.

According to the lawsuit, when Joseph Nini picked up his prescription at the Wal-Mart Pharmacy on March 25, 2008, he was given another patient’s medication by the pharmacist on duty, Cindy Lee Carranza.

Nini, a 77-year old Jasper County resident, claims that after taking the incorrect medication, he had to go to the hospital, as the medication made him ill and caused him to endure personal injuries as well physical pain, mental anguish, and physical impairment.

Wal-mart and Carranza are being accused of being responsible for causing his injuries, as Nini claims that they negligently failed to dispense the proper medication, failed to comply with the pharmacy policies put into place to prevent pharmacy misfills and the accidental dispensing of medication to the wrong patient, and failed to contact him or properly communicate with him when the pharmacy discovered that he had been given the wrong medication.

According to the Institute of Medicine, every year, there are least 1.5 million personal injuries from medication mistakes with nearly 7,000 deaths. A study lead by the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research found that the most common types of medication errors experienced, were due to wrong doses, incorrect drugs, or the incorrect administration of drugs.

At Lebowitz and Mzhen Personal Injury Lawyers, our attorneys are experienced in representing pharmacy error victims in the Washington D.C. area and in the state of Maryland. Contact us today at 1-800-654-1949 for a free consultation.

Man Alleges Wal-Mart Pharmacy Dispensed Wrong Medication, The South-East Texas Record, May 6, 2010
Retrospective Analysis of Mortalities Associated with Medication Errors, FDA Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, October 2001

Related Web Resources:

U.S. Food and Drug Administration: Medication Error Reports

Institute for Safe Medication Practices, (ISMP)

Institute of Medicine, (IOM)

National Coordinating Council for Medication Error Reporting and Prevention, (NCCMERP)

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