Walgreens named in prescription lawsuit

May 21, 2007

A five-month-old baby was poisoned after ingesting a psychotropic drug prescribed for the treatment of schizophrenia in adults, according to the lawsuit.

An alleged pharmacy mix-up that sent a five-month-old to the ER and on to intensive care has prompted a negligence lawsuit against Walgreens and one of its pharmacists. The baby was poisoned after ingesting a psychotropic drug prescribed for the treatment of schizophrenia in adults, according to the lawsuit. A Walgreens spokeswoman issued a written statement on the subject of the error, which stated, "We take patient safety very seriously, and even one error is too many. Quality assurance is an ongoing project for us. Over the past decade, we've invested approximately $1 billion in redundant pharmacy safety systems, safety training, and new technology toward the goal of a zero error rate." According to the lawsuit, the incident began Jan. 3, 2005, when the infant was prescribed drugs including amoxicillin and Pediapred (prednisolone sodium phosphate, UCB) for upper respiratory infections. The pharmacy employee allegedly entered Risperdal (risperidone, Janssen) instead of Pediapred. The complaint does not detail the baby's injuries but states that they are permanent.

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