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Wal-Mart and pharmacist sued over claims of negligence after allegedly filling wrong prescription

By Robbie Hargett | Sep 14, 2015


A Cahokia man is suing a Wal-Mart pharmacy and one of its pharmacists after they allegedly provided him with the wrong prescription.

Leroy Turner filed a complaint on Aug. 25 in St. Clair County Circuit Court against Wal-Mart Inc. and Christopher L. Hurtte, alleging negligence.

On Feb. 3, the complaint states, Turner brought a prescription for Cardura, a medication to treat high blood pressure, to the Cahokia Wal-Mart pharmacy, where Hurtte instead provided him Warfarin, a blood thinner, without Turner's consent or knowledge. Turner was not prescribed a blood thinner, the complaint states, and a blood thinner was actually contra-indicated when the patient has high blood pressure.

After taking Warfarin for several weeks, Turner called his doctor out of concern for his extreme fatigue and bruising on his arms, shoulders, back, and thighs. His doctor told him to "double up" on the medication, not knowing he was taking Warfarin by mistake.

Turner doubled up on the medication and experienced additional and increased symptoms for about a week before realizing he was taking the wrong medication.

The complaint alleges Wal-Mart and Hurtte were negligent in providing Turner the wrong prescription. Turner seeks a judgment of $50,000 against each defendant, plus court costs.

He is represented by Belleville-based attorney Matthew J. Marlen PC.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number 15-L-482

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