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Wal-Mart denies liability in suit alleging wrong prescription

By Heather Isringhausen Gvillo | Nov 17, 2015

Wal-Mart denies liability in a customer’s lawsuit alleging one of its pharmacists provided him with the wrong prescription.

Leroy Turner filed his lawsuit on Aug. 25 against Wal-Mart Inc. and Christopher L. Hurtte.

According to the complaint, Turner brought in a prescription for Cardura, a medication to treat high blood pressure, to the Cahokia Wal-Mart pharmacy on Feb. 3. Instead, he alleges Hurtte provided him with Warfarin, a blood thinner, without Turner’s consent or knowledge.

After taking Warfarin for several weeks, Turner claims he 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, unaware that he was taking Warfarin by mistake, the suit states.

Turner did as he was told and claims he experienced additional and increased symptoms for about a week before realizing he was taking the wrong medication, he alleges.

Wal-Mart answered the complaint on Nov. 2 through attorneys James DeFranco and Paige Elbe of DeFranco & Bradley in Fairview Heights, denying the allegations against it.

Turner filed an amended complaint on Nov. 9, adding Laura Drouin as a defendant.

Circuit Judge Vincent Lopinot scheduled a status conference for March 14 at 9 a.m.

Turner seeks a judgment of more than $50,000 against each defendant, plus court costs.

He is represented by Matthew J. Marlen of Belleville.

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

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