NEW ORLEANS – A St. Tammany Parish woman who allegedly suffered a heart attack after her prescription was incorrectly filled is suing the pharmacist and pharmacy for damages.
Barbara Ory filed a lawsuit Feb. 4 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana against Louisiana CVS Pharmacy LLC, CVS Pharmacy Inc. and Thuy Nguyen, citing negligence.
Ory claims that on Feb. 4, 2015, she filled a prescription for what she believed to be Valsartan tablets from a CVS Pharmacy located on Highway 22 in Mandeville. She allegedly began taking the medication on that day and claims that her blood pressure became erratic. On May 22, 2015, she was allegedly admitted to St. Tammany Parish Hospital’s emergency room with a blood pressure of 215/110.
During the hospitalization, Ory allegedly discovered that the medication she was taking was Valacyclovir, a generic form of Valtrex, instead of Valsartan. Ory claims she required frequent follow-ups to her cardiologist to regain control of her blood pressure. On Oct. 30, 2015, Ory allegedly suffered a heart attack which required a three-day emergency stay at St. Tammany Parish Hospital. Plaintiff claims that her afflictions were the result of the alleged negligence of defendant Nguyen, who allegedly failed to properly supervise and monitor the filling of the prescription.
She is suing for damages relating to her injuries and medical expenses, court costs and attorney fees, and any other relief deemed proper by the court. She is demanding a jury trial and is represented by Robert J. David and M. Palmer Lambert from Gainsburgh, Benjamin, David, Meunier & Warshauer LLC in New Orleans.
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana Case number 2:16-cv-01008-MLCF-DEK