Family files $750,000 lawsuit against pharmacy over girl’s medicine

awomack@macon.comOctober 21, 2013 

The family of a now 9-year-old girl has filed a $750,000 federal lawsuit against an Abbeville pharmacy alleging the business negligently labeled a prescription with incorrect directions, causing the girl to ingest a dosage five times larger than what was prescribed.

Soon after being born, the girl started suffering seizures. When she was 4, she was treated by a Macon doctor who prescribed that she take two milliliters of an anti-seizure drug, Keppra, twice a day, according to the lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia.

The prescription was called in to Abbeville Discount Pharmacy, located on West Main Street, on Oct. 20, 2008. When the girl’s mother picked up the medicine, the bottle instructions said the girl should be given two teaspoonfuls twice a day, according to the court filing.

Pharmacist Elizabeth C. Cannon, who is named in the lawsuit, said she spoke with a nurse who called in the prescription from the doctor’s office.

“We filled the prescription as it was phoned in,” she said, denying that the pharmacy made an error. “I repeated the dose back to her.”

Attempts to reach Andy Carter Clements Jr., another pharmacist and owner of the business named in the lawsuit, were unsuccessful Monday.

The girl’s mother allegedly gave her daughter the medicine based on the label’s directions, and the girl suffered a serious seizure requiring immediate hospitalization and treatment at a Hawkinsville hospital.

“She just immediately fell out in the floor,” said Ben Mills Jr., the Fitzgerald lawyer representing the girl’s grandmother, who filed the lawsuit.

Catatonic, the girl was later transferred to The Children’s Hospital at The Medical of Central Georgia in Macon where she remained unconscious, according to the lawsuit.

When the girl awoke, she was dazed and could not walk. Fed baby food, the girl dropped in weight to about 17 or 18 pounds. She was discharged Oct. 23, 2008, according to the court filing.

The girl still suffers side effects from the incorrect drug dosage, according to the lawsuit.

Mills said the girl is afraid of taking medicine.

To contact writer Amy Leigh Womack, call 744-4398.

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