Rite Aid To Pay $2.5 Million For Drug Mix-Up

A Montgomery woman and her husband who claimed a pharmacy incorrectly filled a prescription were awarded $2.5 million by a Montgomery County jury. Reva Tosh and her husband Gerald Tosh sued Rite Aid in 2008. They said the pharmacy filled a prescription for a painkiller with a steroid in late 2006, causing Reva Tosh myriad health problems. A pharmacist, identified in the original suit only as Sharon, filled the order with the steroid dexamethasone, according to court documents. Dexamethsone is a steroid often used in the treatment of cancer and one that has severe side effects.

Rite Aid said it would not appeal the verdict, but did call the damages awarded too high for the actual suffering.

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