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Wal-Mart Settles Wrongful Death Suit Due to Insulin Overdose


Aug 7, 2007

On December 13, 2005, Keith Scofield visited a Wal-Mart pharmacy in Frederick, Maryland, and ordered over-the-counter Humulin R (u-100). Instead, he was allegedly given Humulin R (u-500), a prescription drug that contains five times the insulin of the requested medication.

He injected the insulin on December 20, 2005, lapsed into a diabetic coma, and died on January 2, 2006, according to a lawsuit filed by his family.

The suit was settled during mediation without admission of liability or fault.

Source: Business Week, July 2007


Categories: Diabetes, Diabetes, Insulin, Pharmacy, Type 1 Issues



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Posted by Anonymous on 29 February 2008

The entire medical profession sucks. This includes doctors,nurses,hospitals,pharmacists etc.There are very few of these so called profesionals whom are Truly capable. My dad died in 2004 as a result of the pharmacist incorectly filling his prescription with 12 hour time release percocet when he was prescribed 8 hr standard release to be taken 3 times a day. My friend went on the Kaiser web site 6 months ago, and 3 years after my dad died we finally had the answer to why he freaked out an pulled a gun on me. Doctors need to carefully print prescriptions and there needs to be a double check system at the pharmacies. No excuses. The patient was in no way at fault. I Have had a computer for only 8 months and will always double check the shape and inscription on my pills, and other details on different medication before taking them. Trust no one when it comes to your health

Posted by Anonymous on 19 March 2008

I HAVE TO AGREE ABOUT THE MEDICAL FIELD. YOU CAN'T TRUST DOCTORS THESE DAYS. MOST ARE FOREIGNER'S THAT JUST WANT TO MAKE MONEY OFF THE US, AND THEY DO..

WHERE ARE OUR AMERICAN DOCTORS ? WHY SO MAY FOREIGNER'S YOU CAN'T UNDERSTAND NOR DO THEY UNDERSTAND US...

YOU TAKE ONE PILL FOR THIS AND ANOTHER ONE TO CURVE THE SIDE AFFECTS OF THE FIRST PILL, ON AND ON.. THE PILLS ARE KILLING US FASTER THEN THE DIAESE.

Posted by Anonymous on 21 January 2009

While you are complaining about those of us in the Medical field I would like to point out that without us....you'd be dead already.
Where will you go if you need help? Medical staff is so bad. Go fly a kite.


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