Walgreens sued for comment on prescription

March 27, 2006

A Palm Beach, Fla., woman is suing Walgreens on grounds that when she picked up a prescription for the sleep aid Ambien (zolpidem, Sanofi-Aventis), she found a message attached in the section reserved for patient information that said "Crazy!" The patient, Janey Karp, said the prescription also said, "She's really a psycho! Do not say her name too loud, never mention her meds by names, and try to talk to her when..." The information continued on to another page, which was not attached. Karp is suing for defamation, negligent supervision, and intentional infliction of emotional distress.

Walgreens sued for comment on prescription

A Palm Beach, Fla., woman is suing Walgreens on grounds that when she picked up a prescription for the sleep aid Ambien (zolpidem, Sanofi-Aventis), she found a message attached in the section reserved for patient information that said "Crazy!" The patient, Janey Karp, said the prescription also said, "She's really a psycho! Do not say her name too loud, never mention her meds by names, and try to talk to her when..." The information continued on to another page, which was not attached. Karp is suing for defamation, negligent supervision, and intentional infliction of emotional distress. Carol Hively, a Walgreens spokeswoman, said the incident is being investigated. "The drug utilization review includes a notes field intended for the pharmacist to use to enter reminders and patient requests. We want to ensure that our pharmacy employees are acting in a proper and professional manner so we are looking into this matter," she said.

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