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Pharmacty Error: Family Claims Wrong Prescription Caused Death of 12 Year Old

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Gerry Oginski
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The New York Post this week reported on a tragic medical error that is now on its way to court. 12-year-old Phillipe Galette died on April 2, 2010 because of a mistaken prescription. His family believes someone should have realized the mistake ahead of time.

Galette's suit, which is pending in Queens County Supreme Court, was filed by his adoptive mother, Pearl Pastor, who is also his half-sister. According to the NY Post, the suit refers to the error as an "obvious mistake."

From May 2009 until his death roughly a year later, Galette attended Queens Children's Psychiatric Center in Bellerose for depression, mood swings, and aggressive behavior. His doctor, Marie Gisele St. Felix, wrote Galette two prescriptions for Bupropion, an anti-depressant drug. The prescriptions were filled at a Walgreens without question or concern. Pastor followed the dosage instructions on the bottles, causing Galette to overdose. He was rushed to Jamaica Hospital, but passed away before arrival.

Why do I tell you about this tragic death case? To illustrate the type of case that handle on a regular basis. Pharmacy errors are still prevalent today despite the fact that many doctors are using electronic medical records. Prescriptions are still written by hand. You are the typical types of mistakes I see involving pharmacies and pharmaceutical errors:

  • A doctor writing a prescription with the wrong dose or wrong decimal number leading to an incorrect dosing
  • A pharmacy not being able to correctly read the doctor's handwritten prescription
  • The pharmacy mistaking the dose for a different one
  • A pharmacy giving a patient a different pill than the doctor prescribed

If you would like more information about how pharmacy error cases work in the state of New York, I encourage you to explore my educational website. If you have legal questions, pick up the phone and call me at 516-487-8207 or by e-mail at [email protected] to answer your questions. That's what I do every day. I welcome your call.

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Gerry Oginski
NY Medical Malpractice & Personal Injury Trial Lawyer

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