Published August 20, 2007
LAKELAND, Fla. – A Florida jury has awarded $25.8 million to the family of a woman who suffered a massive stroke as a result of an improperly filled prescription.
Beth Hippely was suffering from breast cancer, but given an 88 percent chance of surviving by doctors, according to a report in the Orlando Sentinel.
The 42-year-old later died not from the cancer, but because a pharmacy technician made a fatal error, giving the women a blood thinner 10-times stronger than the one she was prescribed.
According to court documents, the 19-year-old Walgreen's pharmacy technician had little training before filling the prescription.
Hippely had been prescribed chemotherapy and Warfarin, a blood-thinning medication. But while she was prescribed 1 milligram of the drug, the prescription was filled with a 10-milligram dosage.
After suffering a stroke, the mother of three was forced to stop chemotherapy, which resulted in her death.