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$33 Million Award Against Walgreens Upheld In Woman's Death

Published March 25, 2010 by Scott Gottlieb, Injury Law Attorney

The Ledger of Lakeland, Florida reports an appeals court has upheld a lower court’s award of $33.3 million to a husband and three of his children in their wrongful death lawsuit against Walgreens. Their 46-year-old wife and mother died in 2007 after Walgreen’s pharmacy mistakenly gave her 10 times the prescribed dosage for a blood thinner to treat breast cancer.

Diagnosed in 2002 with breast cancer, she was given an 88 percent chance to recover with the proper treatment. Part of the treatment was a prescription for Warfarin. At Walgreens, an inexperienced pharmacy technician gave the woman 10 milligram tablets instead of the prescribed 1 milligram tablets.

After several weeks of taking the medication, the overdose led to a brain hemorrhage and her being paralyzed, capable of communicating only by blinking her eyes. After a year of hospitalization, the woman was too weak to continue treatment for cancer. Her cancer spread and she died in 2007.

Scott C. Gottlieb, Injury Law Attorney, has experience dealing with wrongful death cases. If you feel that you or a loved one has suffered due to wrongful death, call our firm at 800-825-5529 or visit our web site. There is no case-review cost.

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