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Pharmaceutical Distribution Errors Result internal Bleeding and Avoidable Splenectomy

Our client was diagnosed with idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP), a disease associated with a low platelet count and a predisposition to bleeding. When she was diagnosed with hypertension, her physician prescribed Cardura. However, instead of filling the prescription with Cardura as client’s physician had requested, the pharmacist mistakenly substituted the oral anticoagulant Coumadin. For the next two weeks, our client unknowingly took the Coumadin accordance with the instructions on the bottle that accompanied the medication. This substitution of Coumadin for Cardura caused her to suffer internal bleeding and exacerbated her thrombocytopenia, requiring hospitalization. Upon her release, another error by the client’s pharmacy caused her to receive only one tenth of the prescribed dosage of Prednisone that her physician ordered. As a result, she was forced to undergo an unnecessary splenectomy. Rosen Louik & Perry were contacted by the client. We were able to determine that the medication error resulted in the surgery. The case settled for $110,000.00.

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