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Family Awarded $25.8M in Prescription Error Suit

The family of a woman who died after suffering from a massive stroke was awarded $25.8 million in a prescription error suit.

According to the suit, the woman’s prescription was improperly filed, which caused her to have the stroke.

The Suit

When Beth Hippely was diagnosed with cancer, doctors gave her an 88 percent chance of surviving and prescribed the blood-thinning medication, Warfarin to her.

Although she was prescribed one milligram of the medication, the prescription given to her was 10 times stronger.

The jury found Elizabeth Partlow, a pharmacist at Walgreens, to blame for the prescription error, which caused a cerebral hemorrhage in Hippely.

“Beth Hippely died unnecessarily because this tenfold overdose with Warfarin by the pharmacy she trusted caused her cancer to come back with vengeance and it interrupted all of her cancer treatments,” claimed Hippely’s lawyer, Chris Searcy.

Prescription Error Regulations

The court papers claimed that Partlow was a 19-year-old pharmacy technician who had little training when she filed Hippely’s prescription.

She was also not informed about the error until three years later since in Florida there are no regulations for reported prescription errors.

“This is a case of profits over safety where a company’s growth strategy resulted in a tragic prescription error,” says attorney Karen Terry.

(Source: Orlando Sentinel)

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