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Medical malpractice suit alleges prescription resulted in death

By Michael Abella | Nov 4, 2016

EDWARDSVILLE — An executor of a deceased woman's estate claims the decedent died days after being prescribed a new medication.

Judi Ashcraft, individually and as executor of the estate of Wanda Phillips, filed a complaint on Oct. 28 in Madison County Circuit Court against Dr. Sophia Rostovtseva, Maryville Physicians' Services LLC, UDI #2 LLC, Unlimited Development Inc., Home Pharmacy Services LLC and others, alleging that they failed to exercise the degree of care and caution commonly expected of medical professionals.

According to the complaint, Ashcraft alleges that on Feb. 10, 2015, Phillips was a patient at Liberty Village of Maryville when Rostovtseva prescribed fludrocortisone, a drug that was allegedly contraindicated with her heart condition. Two days later, Phillips' mental state worsened and she was admitted at Anderson Hospital due to severe electrolyte abnormalities. Ashcraft claims her condition never stabilized and she never regained consciousness. Phillips died on Feb. 19, 2015, the suit alleges.

The plaintiff alleges the defendants failed to diagnose properly and negligently prescribed fludrocortisone.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks judgment in excess of $50,000, plus costs of this suit. She is represented by Matthew R. Chapman of Becker, Schroader & Chapman PC in Granite City.

Madison County Circuit Court case number 16-L-1484

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