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Florida Jury Awards $28.5 Million in Misfilled Prescription Lawsuit Against Walgreens

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A jury in Bartow Florida awarded the family of a cancer patient $28.5 million who was given the wrong prescription, suffered a stroke, and subsequently died. According to the Associated Press article, “Beth Hippely was prescribed Warfarin, a blood thinner, in 2002 to treat breast cancer. The prescription filled at a Walgreens pharmacy was 10 times what her doctor prescribed, court documents said.
The Polk County Circuit Court jury found the prescription error caused a cerebral hemorrhage resulting in permanent bodily injury, disability and physical pain. The mother of three died in January at the age of 46.

A 19-year-old pharmacy technician, with little training, misfiled the prescription, according to court documents.

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