Med error here… med error there.. overdose here… overdose there… cost of doing business ?

CVS pharmacy accused of improperly labeling prescription medication, leading to overdose

GRETNA – A corporate pharmacy is being sued by a Jefferson Parish woman who claims she overdosed on medication that had the instructions on the bottle saying she should take four times the dose her doctor ordered.

Jacque Reeder filed suit against Louisiana CVS Pharmacy LLC, CVS Pharmacy Inc., Thao D. Hoang and Wade M. Gabourel in the 24th Judicial District Court on April 22.

Reeder alleges that on April 24, 2014 she provided a prescription for Lithium Carbonate 300 milligram tablets to the CVS Pharmacy located at 2105 Cleary Ave. in Metairie. The plaintiff contends that while the defendants filled the prescription they provided instructions on the bottle for her to take two pills twice a day for a total of 1200 milligrams per day while her orders from her doctor, Dr. Stephen R. Cochran, instructed her to only take one pill once a day at bedtime. Reeder asserts she followed the faulty instructions CVS provided on the pill bottle resulting in an overdose of Lithium Carbonate.

The plaintiff claims that as  a result of the overdose she has suffered physiological and neurological damage including involuntary body movements, spasms, twitches, dizziness, memory loss, disorientation, insomnia, bodily pain, blurred vision and eye pain.

The defendant is accused of negligence, improperly filling the prescription, improperly filling the dosage on the medicine bottle, failing to verify dosage instructions and improperly labeling the prescription.

An unspecified amount in damages is sought for medical bills, prescription medications, pain and suffering, emotional distress, loss of wages and loss of earning capacity.

Reeder is represented by Brad P. Scott of Metairie-based Offner & Scott.

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