Wal-Mart pharmacy sued by woman who had alleged heart attack after taking wrong medicine

By Kyle Barnett | Jan 24, 2013

GRETNA – A New Orleans woman is suing a local pharmacy for allegedly giving her the wrong medicine.

Linda Adams filed suit against Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., pharmacist Robyn Gray and Technician Associate Mimi Dang in the 24th Judicial District Court on Nov. 30.

Adams claims that she was a customer at a local Wal-Mart pharmacy where she had two prescriptions filled in November 2011. The plaintiff alleges that after she picked up the medications she took both in the manner as prescribed by her doctor, but after she took the second her heart began to beat rapidly and she called her daughter to tell her of the adverse reaction. Adams asserts that when she examined the second bottle further she found two different types of pills. The plaintiff claims her daughter told her to return to the pharmacy to have the staff identify the pills whereupon they found they had accidentally mixed the wrong medication in the bottle.

Adams alleges that she then went to West Jefferson Hospital where they found she had suffered a heart attack.

The defendant is accused of negligent hiring and training of employees, failing to implement enforcement policies for its staff concerning the dispensation of medications, failing to implement proper procedure to make sure the customer is properly educated on what their prescribed medicine looks like and failing to implement procedures to keep the improper labeling of bottles from occurring.

An unspecified amount in damages is sought for medical expenses, physical pain and suffering, mental pain and anguish and permanent physical impairment.

Adams is represented by Marcus J. Poulliard of New Orleans-based Frischhertz & Associates.

The case has been assigned to Division F Judge Patrick J. McCabe.

Case no. 721-594.

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