Wrong prescription leads to debilitating immune system damage in teen, suit says

By Max Schramel | Oct 8, 2014

NEW ORLEANS – A $75,000 lawsuit is pending over the alleged distribution of the wrong form of steroid by Walgreens Pharmacy that resulted in adverse reactions  in a boy.

Nathan Thomas Jr. and Louisa Thomas, individually and on behalf of their minor child, filed suit against Walgreens and an unknown employee in the Orleans Parish Civil District Court on Aug. 18.

The petitioners claim on October 2013, an incorrect prescription of the steroid Prednisone was sent to Walgreens Pharmacy and carelessly distributed for use by their son. Over the next six months this steroid, known as “white syrup,” was dispensed to Nathan. Allegedly not until April 2014 did the correct prescription of Prednisone get delivered to Walgreens Pharmacy Store #11414. This prescription, known as “red syrup," bore the same medication bottle as the “white syrup” but differed in color.

As a consequence of taking the wrong medication over a six-month period, the plaintiffs' son has allegedly suffered from relentless itching, rashes and pus-filled bumps over his entire body. Also, his immune system has allegedly suffered debilitating damage possibly delaying his remission.

The defendants are accused of failing to heed the orders of the treating physician’s personnel, take into account safety protocol, filling and dispensing a wrong prescription, appropriately watching over the task performed by employees and failing to warn the parents of the improper medication.

The plaintiffs are seeking upwards of $75,000 in damages for pain and suffering, mental agony, disabilities, medical expenses, loss of enjoyment, bodily disfigurement, loss of functionality over body, physiological impairment, decline in future income, loss of support, loss of society and loss of consortium.

The petitioners are represented by attorneys Robert B. Evans III, Cesar R. Burgos, Gabriel O. Mondino and Robert J. Daigre of Burgos & Evans LLC.

The case has been assigned to Div. J Judge Paula A. Brown.

Case no. 2014-08081.

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