Walgreens sued for reckless disregard of public safety

August 14, 2006

In a trial to be held in the Circuit Court of Cook County, Ill., beginning Sept. 7, Walgreens is being sued for allegedly mislabeling and misfilling a prescription that led to the death of a patient,Leonard Kulisek. In the papers filed during the lawsuit, Walgreens admitted that a pharmacy manager negligently misfilled the prescription.

Walgreens sued for reckless disregard of public safety

In a trial to be held in the Circuit Court of Cook County, Ill., beginning Sept. 7, Walgreens is being sued for allegedly mislabeling and misfilling a prescription that led to the death of a patient,Leonard Kulisek. In the papers filed during the lawsuit, Walgreens admitted that a pharmacy manager negligently misfilled the prescription. The company also admitted that the pharmacy manager took narcotics from its inventory "without permission and without payment." Further, in charges that have not been denied by Walgreens, the lawsuit alleges that the pharmacy manager named in the suit was using the narcotics while on duty and that Walgreens' internal controls failed to uncover the more than 80,000 narcotic pills taken from Walgreens' inventory for a period of more than seven years. Walgreens contends in a court-filed document that it adequately supervised and monitored the pharmacy manager, however. The lawsuit, filed in January of 2002, stated that Kulisek was filling a common prescription to treat a case of gout but instead was given an antidiabetic insulin substitute. The document further alleges that Kulisek's health declined rapidly thereafter, as he developed acute renal failure, which led to kidney dialysis and eventually a stroke and death. A Walgreens' spokesman said the company cannot comment on pending litigation but that it disputes the allegations issued by the plaintiff's attorney.

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