Before you take your medication, better check to make sure it's what the doctor ordered. It could cost you your life.
That's the lesson a Fort Bend County family claims they learned the hard way after a pharmacist at CVS allegedly upped the prescribed dosage of an anti-depressant and sleep-aid on an aging relative without telling him. The patient committed suicide months later.
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According to a lawsuit filed in Fort Bend County District Court, Jean Holloway is suing CVS for negligence. She claims that a pharmacist changed the dosage from 100 milligrams of Trazodone to 150 milligrams and that her family member received and took the improper dosage for four months. The over dosage, claims Holloway, made her relative irritable, confused, and his personality began to change. Then, he took his own life.
According to mentalhealth.com, the "possibility of suicide in depressed patients remains during treatment," and those patients "should never have access to large quantities of trazodone."
Patients receiving the wrong dosage from their pharmacist "happens more often than you might think," says Holloway's attorney, Waverly Nolley, "and it's injuring, it's maiming as well as causing deaths out here and it's a very serious situation."
Nolley says that CVS has not filed an answer yet to the lawsuit and he does not know who is representing the company.