Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Lawsuit alleges pharmacy negligence

Suit claims bottle label was changed


By GREG MOORE
Express Staff Writer

A Ketchum couple has filed a lawsuit alleging negligence in filling a prescription at the Chateau Drug pharmacy last year.

Ginger and Sean Glaccum filed the suit in 5th District Court in Hailey on Dec. 4. It names as defendants then-pharmacy worker Jacklyn Mizer, former pharmacy Manager Andrew Welch and Welch’s company, NEBT Corp., as well as Chateau Drug and Darsons Group, the store’s owner. NEBT was under contract with Chateau to manage the Ketchum pharmacy.

The suit claims that Ginger Glaccum had a prescription filled by Mizer at Chateau on March 17, 2011. A few days later, she began experiencing symptoms that included muscle soreness, muscle spasms and tiredness, it claims. She then noticed that a label for her prescription had been pasted over the original label on the bottle, which stated that it contained Pravastatin, a cholesterol-reducing drug with possible side effects identical to the symptoms that she was experiencing.

According to the suit, Ginger Glaccum contacted Welch, who acknowledged the mistake.

The suit states that Ginger Glaccum’s doctor advised her to go to the emergency room at St. Luke’s Wood River, where doctors detected other symptoms identical to Pravastatin’s side effects.

The suit’s complaint does not specify an amount of damages, but states that as a result of the alleged mix-up, Ginger Glaccum was unable to work during spring 2011 for her and Sean Glaccum’s river rafting company.

Chateau discontinued its contract with NEBT in January 2012 when Welch’s license was suspended by the Idaho Board of Pharmacy following seizure by police of prescription medicines allegedly held illegally at his home in Ketchum. No criminal charges have been filed against Welch. On Tuesday, Ketchum Police Chief Steve Harkins said his department has concluded its investigation of the matter and turned over its findings to the Idaho Attorney General’s Office. According to a news release from the Blaine County Sheriff’s Office in January, the matter involves possible insurance fraud.

Darsons Group Vice President Ken Sangha said that at the time of the alleged prescription mix-up, Mizer was an employee of NEBT Crop., not Chateau Drug.

“The [lawsuit’s] claim should not have anything to do with Chateau Drug itself,” Sangha said.

He said Mizer became an employee of Chateau after the store terminated its contract with NEBT but has since left for reasons unrelated to the alleged prescription incident.


Greg Moore: gmoore@mtexpress.com

 




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