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Sunday, February 8, 2015

Wal-Mart sued in Georgia over wrong prescription

Today's post is shared from Westlaw Journal Professional Liability.

A pharmacist at a Wal-Mart store in Georgia filled a man’s prescription for blood pressure medication incorrectly, causing him to develop kidney failure, according to a state court lawsuit.

Plaintiff Harold Williams, who also worked at Wal-Mart, says the company fired him while he was sick from the taking the wrong medication.


Williams says he went to a Wal-Mart pharmacy in Roswell, Ga., in January 2013 to get a prescription for 25 milligrams of hydralazine, a blood pressure medication.

The unidentified pharmacist who filled the prescription gave him 25-milligram tablets of hydrochlorothiazide, a diuretic used to treat fluid retention, the suit says.

(Click here to read the complaint on WestlawNext.)

Williams says that because of the error, he took doses of the wrong medication and later was diagnosed with acute renal failure and hospitalized.

He seeks to hold the pharmacist liable for negligence and malpractice. The suit also says Wal-Mart failed to properly hire, train, retain and supervise its pharmacist and other employees.

The complaint seeks compensatory damages from the defendants for past and future medical bills, past and future lost income, and past and future pain and suffering. It also requests punitive damages solely against Wal-Mart for allegedly firing Williams.

Williams v. Wal-Mart Stores Inc. et al., No. 15-EV-000040, complaint filed (Ga. State Ct.,...

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