Doctor and CVS Pharmacy sued for allegedly giving woman drug despite allergy

Kyle Barnett Jul. 25, 2012, 6:27am

GRETNA – A national pharmacy chain and a local doctor are being sued by a woman claiming they knowingly gave her medicine she was allergic to.

Denise Childers filed suit against Kweli Amusa, M.D. and Louisiana CVS Pharmacy, LLC in the 24th Judicial District on July 9.

Childers claims she visited Dr. Amusa and had reported she had an allergy to hydrocodone, which was also indicated in her prior medical records. The plaintiff claims the Dr. Amusa prescribed Tussionex to her that contained Hydrocodone and the prescription was filled by CVS.

Childers asserts she was had a serious allergic reaction when she took the medicine and suffered anaphylaxis and respiratory distress, which resulted in lung injuries and exacerbation of her psychiatric condition.

The defendant is accused of breach of application of standard care, improperly assessing the patient, failing to accurately and completely ascertain the patient's drug allergy history, prescribing a medication for which an allergy was reported and negligently relying on an unreliable anecdotal report.

An unspecified amount in damages is sought for physical pain and suffering, emotional pain and suffering, disfigurement, loss of enjoyment of life, exacerbation of disability, medical expenses and loss of earnings.

Childers is represented by David A. Bowling of New Orleans-based Bowling & McKinney, APLC.

The case has been assigned to Division J Judge Stephen J. Windhorst.

Case no. 716-719.

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