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West Virginia Pharmacy Closes After Federal Charges
February 4th, 2015
A pharmacy that has been a fixture in Charleston, West Virginia for over thirty years is to be sold as part of a $1.1 million dollar settlement between the pharmacy owner and the federal government. At first glance Trivillian’s Pharmacy appears to be a slice of Main Street, U.S.A., complete with a soda fountain and […] More...

Pharmacy Executives Charged With Murder
February 4th, 2015
The case involving a Massachusetts compounding pharmacy accused of selling contaminated medicine has moved to a new phase, as two of the company’s executives have been charged with racketeering and murder.  The United States attorney’s office has charged the owner of New England Compounding Center, Inc., Barry J. Cadden, and the supervisory pharmacist for the […] More...

Doctor and Pharmacist Alleged Co-Conspirators in Oxycodone Scheme
February 4th, 2015
A joint investigation by a number of federal and state authorities has resulted in charges being brought against a 70-year old physician and a 76-year old pharmacist in Houston. The two have been accused of operating a massive oxycodone distribution scheme that illegally dispensed 1.6 million doses of oxycodone. The charges against the men include […] More...

Walgreens Pays $1.4 Million for Employee HIPAA Violation
December 22nd, 2014
When you go to any healthcare provider for any type of appointment, you are required to sign a HIPAA form. Most people don’t pay much attention to the form, assuming it is just another piece of administrative red tape that they have to get through in order to see their physician. The truth is that […] More...

Pharmacists Objecting To Pressure From Employers
December 22nd, 2014
When you go to your local pharmacy to get a prescription filled, you probably don’t give that much thought to the speed at which your order is completed, or how many prescriptions the staff is filling within a given amount of time. After all, the pharmacy staff is responsible for making sure that you get […] More...

Compounding Pharmacies Filing Suit Against Express Scripts
December 22nd, 2014
Compounding pharmacies are specialized drug providers. They carefully follow physicians’ instructions for medications that are not manufactured by large drug companies. For the most part, compounding pharmacies create topical treatments such as creams, powders and ointments made up of highly specific active ingredients. The work is labor intensive and many of the drugs that are […] More...

Fallout Continues from Contaminated Meningitis Vaccine
December 22nd, 2014
Multiple lawsuits have been filed against a New Hampshire pain management company called PainCare, which has multiple locations across the state. The suits have been filed in association with an outbreak of fungal meningitis that resulted from contaminated medication manufactured by the New England Compounding Center in 2012. The story begins with an outbreak of […] More...

West Virginia CVS Sued For Chemotherapy Drug Mistake
November 21st, 2014
When patients go to their local pharmacy to get a prescription filled, they do so with the faith that the pharmacist will use appropriate care in providing them with the medication that they need. That was not the case for a Cabell County, West Virginia man whose simple errand to get his prescription refilled turned […] More...

New York Legislators Taking Legal Action Against Drug Manufacturers
November 21st, 2014
Drug manufacturers are making billions of dollars in profit developing and distributing painkillers that are both highly effective and highly addictive. The end result has been a dramatic surge in opioid-related deaths and crimes in the last several years, and legislators in New York and around the country are trying to get control of the […] More...

Prescription Drug Death Caused By “Daily” Rather than “Weekly” Prescription Error. Who Is Responsible?
October 17th, 2014
A mistake in the dosage labeling of a commonly prescribed medication resulted in the tragic death of a 72-year old man in Dunedin in the country of New Zealand. Now investigators are trying to determine where the fault lies with this prescription drug death.   According to coroner C. J. Devenport, Kenneth Jeffrey Douglas died […] More...

Walgreen Has Computer Issues – Two Officers Depart
September 23rd, 2014
Pharmacists at Walgreen, the largest pharmacy operator in the United States, recently found themselves manning the phones and doing it “old school” in the wake of a massive computer disruption that left prescription labels unreadable. The problem also allowed customers who would normally be flagged for special instructions to leave the story without receiving the […] More...

Are Big Name Pharmacies’ Time Limits Jeopardizing Your Health?
September 4th, 2014
CVS is the nation’s second largest drug store chain in the United States, and the 13th largest company in the world. With over 7,600 stores nationwide, it pulls in over $55 billion per year in revenue, and employs 80,000 employees. But some of the pharmacy giant’s management policies have been called into question in recent […] More...

Accidental Overdose: America’s Leading Cause of Death is Accidental Prescription Overdose
September 2nd, 2014
There was once a time when death by motor vehicle was the leading cause of accidental death in the United States, but those days are long gone. For several years the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have released their annual statistics on accidental death with the list topped by poisoning, and the most […] More...

Overprescribing: Medical Errors Caused by Neglectful Overprescription
August 28th, 2014
Hundreds of billions of dollars are spent in the United States each year on prescription drugs, and many of them are prescribed incorrectly or are unnecessary. Though it is common for patients to assume that their physician is infallible, or simply to trust their education, knowledge and experience, there is significant evidence supporting the idea […] More...

How to Keep Your Doctor from Overprescribing (or Wrongly Prescribing) Prescriptions
August 26th, 2014
As patients, we go to our physicians looking for answers, and when we’re not feeling well we prefer that the answers they give us are easy and are going to work quickly. In the age of the Internet we often enter our doctor’s offices armed with information that we’ve learned from doing our own research […] More...

Repeat Mistakes Pharmacist in Phladelphia: Know Your Rights
July 3rd, 2014
A recent survey indicated that medical mistakes are responsible for more deaths in the United States than automobile accidents, and that approximately 21 percent of those mistakes are made in the dispensing of medication. In some cases this is happening in hospitals and other inpatient settings, and in many cases they are happening in our […] More...

Pharmacy Mistakes and Accidental Death: What You Need to Know
June 26th, 2014
When a pharmacy makes a mistake in dispensing a medication, it can have devastating consequences, and the number of those mistakes that are being made is on the upswing. There are a number of reasons for this, including pharmacists being forced to adhere to unrealistic productivity goals, unskilled assistants being allowed to dispense medications under […] More...

Pharmacy Errors on the Rise in New Jersey and Philadelphia
June 19th, 2014
The news media has been paying increasing attention to the perils represented by pharmaceutical errors. When pharmacies make mistakes in dispensing medications, patients’ lives and wellbeing are put at risk. The consequences of pharmaceutical errors can be devastating. There are a number of reasons that pharmaceutical errors take place. The general consensus is that the […] More...

Pharmacy Mistake Lawsuits Can Happen to Anyone
June 12th, 2014
It happens more often than we think. The pharmacies that we trust to provide us with the medications that our physicians have prescribed for us end up giving an unsuspecting customer the wrong medication, often with disastrous results. Find it hard to believe? In 2003, a large pharmacy chain in Deerfield, Illinois gave a woman […] More...

Pharmacy Mistake Lawsuits in Philadelphia
June 6th, 2014
If you’re one of those who have come to think of large pharmacy companies as your local neighborhood pharmacy, then the notion that you might need to exercise extra precautions before taking the medication that the pharmacist dispensed to you might be shocking. But as more and more pharmacies around the country are attempting to […] More...

New Jersey Man Hospitalized After Rite Aid Pharmacy Mistake
May 7th, 2014
There’s a very big difference between an anti-inflammatory drug and an antipsychotic, and when a patient is prescribed one and receives the other by mistake, nothing good is going to come out of it. In the case of John Penrose of Franklin Township, New Jersey, that very mistake made by a Rite Aid pharmacist put […] More...

Breast Cancer Patient Killed By Walgreens Pharmacy Mistake
April 30th, 2014
A $25.8 million dollar verdict was awarded to a Florida family following a devastating pharmaceutical mistake that robbed a husband of his wife and four children of their mother. Beth Hippely of Mulberry, Florida was only 42-years old when she was diagnosed with breast cancer, but her doctors gave her a good prognosis and she […] More...

Walgreens Instruction Error Costs 46-Year Old His Life
April 23rd, 2014
Walgreens Pharmacy advertises itself as “The Pharmacy America Trusts,” but more and more frequently the chain has been found to have made serious and even fatal mistakes. In the case of 46-year old Terry Paul Smith, the pharmacy’s error cost him his life. Smith was a roofer living in Jacksonville, Florida. He suffered from a […] More...

CVS Propecia Mistake Changes Victim’s Life
April 16th, 2014
A lawsuit filed by a District of Columbia man against CVS Pharmacies is a strong indication of how a careless pharmaceutical mistake can have life-altering effects on its victim. A man with no previous sexual dysfunction reports that he has lost desire to engage in intercourse, as well as having suffered a number of physical […] More...

Walgreens’ Error Sends Five-Year Old to the Hospital
April 9th, 2014
The family of five-year old Ali Ahmed thought that they had picked up a prescription to treat their son’s severe allergies, but it turned out that the bottle of medication they received was not meant for him, and they are saying that the pharmacy’s mistake nearly cost their son his life. The incident took place […] More...

Proposed Florida Law Likely to Increase Pharmacy Mistakes
March 24th, 2014
Florida’s retail pharmacies fill almost a million prescriptions a day, and the pharmacists are perpetually busy. They are also expensive to hire. That’s probably the reason that retail chains like CVS and Walgreens have lobbied so hard for a bill that is making its way through the Florida legislature. The law, which is opposed by […] More...

Inmate Sues State of Hawaii for Malpractice and Wins
March 17th, 2014
A judge has awarded a former Hawaiian prison inmate nearly one million dollars in his medical malpractice lawsuit against the State of Hawaii. The prisoner had received delayed treatment and incorrect, inadequate medication for a painful scrotal infection. The mistake resulted in his eventual castration and additional medical problems. Originally in prison on drug charges […] More...

Woman Sues Over Contaminated Injection
March 11th, 2014
Michelle Ellzey of Louisiana wasn’t feeling well on December 26, 2012, so she stopped in at the Pelican State Outpatient Center for a checkup. Reporting aches, fatigue and congestion, she was quickly diagnosed by Dr. James Paterson as having an upper respiratory infection and prescribed a provided with an injection of a medication called DepoMedrol, […] More...

Study indicates Number of Medical Mistakes is Higher than Feared
February 27th, 2014
There have been countless studies conducted that attempt to quantify the true number of times that a mistake made in an American hospital has contributed to a patient death. The universally accepted number was once 98,000 in a year, the result of an Institute of Medicine study. Ten years later that number nearly doubled to […] More...

Study Shows Electronic Prescription Systems Stop Mistakes
February 21st, 2014
Mistakes made in the health care field can cause tremendous suffering, and sometimes even death. In hospitals alone it is estimated that there is an error made in patient care for one out of every seven patients, and of those about a third have to do with their medication. Now an Australian study has shown […] More...

N.J. CVS accidentally dispenses cancer drug to children filling fluoride prescriptions
January 22nd, 2013
An error at the CVS Pharmacy on Main Street in Chatham, NJ dispensed a cancer fighting drug that interferes with estrogen. Over a two-month period when children were supposed to get flouride pills this mistake led to some youngsters’ fluoride prescriptions being filled with tamoxifen because the two drugs look quite similar, they are both […] More...

Mistakes With Pet Prescriptions Can Prove Deadly
January 16th, 2013
We have all heard stories of someone being prescribed the wrong medicine by their doctor or receiving the wrong dosage that makes them severely ill. . This usually ends with devastating consequences. Now a warning has been issued by The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said these deadly mistakes are also being made by veternarians when they give […] More...

Brooklyn woman whose feet were amputated in alleged medical malpractice gets her day in Kings County court
January 8th, 2013
A woman who is from Brooklyn, NY had both feet were amputated due to alleged medical malpractice. She has cleared a major legal hurdle against the Long Island hospital she is suing when a judge allowed the plaintiff to decide the where the case would be heard. The suit is for damages agains tthe hospital […] More...

TN menigitis victim’s family sues pharmacy for $15M – Pharmacy Mistake News
January 3rd, 2013
A 72 year old woman has passed away from what has thought to have been contaminated medicine that caused menginitis. The pharmacy mistake attorney speaking on behalf of the victims survivors has sued the parmacy. The institurions involved in distributing and producing the drug are the New England Compounding Center in July, August and September […] More...

Utilizing Safe Medication Distribution in Your Care Facility
October 24th, 2012
With the ever-increasing prevalence of medical errors made through medication mistakes, it is important that the pharmacy in your care facility does not miss a step. You want to provide your patients with the very best care possible and making sure that they are receiving all of the medication they need with the proper dosing […] More...

Finding the Right Personal Injury Lawyer
October 16th, 2012
Your personal injury deserves the attention of a qualified personal injury lawyer who has a successful record in getting the best compensation settlements from insurance companies. You can ask friends for recommendations or post requests for advice on their Facebook walls, but the final decision on who you want to represent you is your responsibility. […] More...

PA Pharmacy Mistake Lawyers – How to Avoid Medication Mix-ups
April 26th, 2012
PA Pharmacy Mistake Lawyers can help you or a loved one, if you have suffered injuries due to a pharmacy mistake. As a pharmacy mistake professional, we can also assist with advising you on how to prevent these errors from occurring. Like listed in this article posted to familylifegoesstrong.com, be sure to get all the […] More...

Is a Pharmacy Error really that common
April 24th, 2012
A pharmacy error is actually fairly common, which is why I am posting a link to this forum, which is for current PharmD students and practitioners. This particular forum is for sharing a “mistake” story and although, it is somewhat unnerving to read, I think it is helpful. It shows consumers that mistakes do happen […] More...

Pharmacy Mistake Lawyer Philadelphia – Walgreen’s pharmacy botched prescriptions
April 21st, 2012
Being a Pharmacy Mistake Lawyer Philadelphia, it comes as no surprise to hear the statistic that at least, 1.5 million prescription medication errors occur each year. To be aware of this is helpful, which is why we are posting this article here about a Colorado based woman who was proactive in contacting the pharmacy after […] More...

Pharmacist Malpractice is an Area of Concern- Woman alleges pharmacy gave her dangerous drug cocktail
April 19th, 2012
Pharmacist malpractice is an area of concern for consumers as they place their trust in many people to prescribe and distribute their prescription medications. Pharmacists are intelligent individuals who go through a lot of training for their jobs but the fact of the matter is like the rest of us, they are human and humans, […] More...

New Jersey Pharmacy Error Lawyer – Was this Pharmaceutical Related Incident Taken too Far?
April 16th, 2012
In working as a New Jersey Pharmacy Error Lawyer, I found this article relevant to my profession and am interested in hearing others opinions about whether this pharmaceutical related Incident was taken too far? The incident involves two fifth grade students and the use of Nasonex while in school. One girl took her mother’s Nasonex […] More...

NJ Medical Malpractice Attorneys – How to Avoid Medical Mistakes
April 13th, 2012
NJ Medical Malpractice Attorneys are familiar with medical errors and although it is something we don’t necessarily like to think about, it is a reality in today’s world. On a recent show of The Doctors, the topic discussed was medical mistakes caused by doctors. I am posting this because it speaks of many common issues […] More...

Pharmacy Mistake Lawyers Will Agree – Computerized Prescriptions Dramatically Reduce Medication Errors
April 11th, 2012
Pharmacy Mistake Lawyers know first hand of these statistics but it is still shocking to hear that almost one out of every seven patients in the hospital, experience some type of medical care error. With that beings said their has been some improvements such as the transition to computerize prescriptions, which has drastically reduced the […] More...

Worried About a Pharmacy Error – See how others are reacting after the most recent mishap at CVS
April 9th, 2012
With the recent mishap last month at a New Jersey based CVS that distributed the cancer medication- Tamoxifen instead of flouride pills, I find it interesting to see how people are reacting to this pharmacy error. From the looks of it, the public is torn. Some people will never go back or use a CVS […] More...

Pharmacy Mistake – Pennsylvania Hospital Data Shows Increased Likelihood of Medication Errors When In-House Pharmacy is Closed
April 6th, 2012
According to this Press Release provided by PR Newswire, Pennsylvania hospital data displays that a pharmacy mistake is more likely to occur when the in-house pharmacy is closed. The data shows that out of 130 cases where the wrong drug was administered, in 82% of those situations, the pharmaceutical was distributed by an automated dispensing […] More...

Pharmacy Mistake Lawyer New Jersey Shares Advice to Follow a Safety Checklist
April 4th, 2012
In working as a Pharmacy Mistake Lawyer New Jersey, you see how common these mistakes actually are. With that being said, there really is no reason to worry because their are precautions you can take to protect yourself from this errors. For example, the Fox Medical Team out of Atlanta, has provided a safety checklist […] More...

Pharmacy Mistake Lawyer – How to prevent yourself from accidentally receiving someone else’s prescription
April 2nd, 2012
As a pharmacy mistake lawyer, I feel it is my duty to educate the public on how to prevent yourself from accidentally receiving someone else’s prescription at the pharmacy. According to the advice provided in this article posted on philly.com, patients should provide to form of ID’s and watch to make sure the cashier or […] More...

Pharmacy Error Lawyer New Jersey – Emphasizing Importance of “Pharmacy Perfection”
March 31st, 2012
Even with all of the advanced technology we use today, any pharmacy error lawyer New Jersey will tell you that mistakes are a reality in the business. Pharmacists must try and achieve perfection in their day-to-day tasks but the truth is, they are human and humans make mistakes. As outlined in this pharmacist’s blog post […] More...

New Jersey Pharmacy Error Lawyer – CVS Pharmacy Gives Kids Cancer Drug by Mistake
March 29th, 2012
As a New Jersey pharmacy error lawyer, I was shocked to hear that CVS pharmacy gave kids a cancer drug by mistake. CVS predicted that around fifty children were given the breast-cancer treatment drug Tamoxifen instead of what they were prescribed, a chewable flouride tablet. Luckily, the children that ingested the drug weren’t harmed by […] More...

Pharmacy Error Costs Nursing Home Resident His Life
January 31st, 2010
The death of a Minnesota nursing home resident in August, 2009, was due, in large part, to a pharmaceutical error. The patient was battling cancer and fungal pneumonia, both of which contributed to his death. But kidney failure caused by the administration of the wrong formulation of a prescription anti-fungal medication also played a role […] More...

Wrongful Death Lawsuit Filed Against Rite Aid for Prescription Error
January 21st, 2010
The family of an Illinois man whose death was caused in part due to a prescription error in October 2007 has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Rite Aid Corporation. John Sheridan—a middle-aged gentleman with malignant melanoma—was prescribed a powerful chemotherapy drug called Temodar after the cancer spread to his brain. The Temodar was intended […] More...

Error at a Walgreens Pharmacy Leads to Death of Florida Man
December 18th, 2009
A Jacksonville, Florida man who suffered from neuropathy—a condition which caused him constant neck and back pain—died of a prescription error caused by flawed instructions given to him by a pharmacist at his local Walgreens. Terry Paul Smith, who had been taking OxyContin and Neurontin to ease his chronic pain, asked his doctor to switch […] More...

New Technology May Greatly Reduce Prescription Error
December 15th, 2009
A new technology which may significantly reduce the rate of prescription error is under development. Such errors affect an estimated 1.5 million Americans each year, causing discomfort, pain, debilitating side effects and even death. Many of these errors take the form of the wrong medications being dispensed by pharmacist, the dispensing of dosages either higher […] More...

Prescription Error Endangers Schoolchildren
December 11th, 2009
A school bus driver in Georgia, who had been prescribed an antibiotic by her physician, recently nearly passed out behind the wheel of her crowded bus. Fortunately, no one was injured and she was able to radio for a substitute driver. In the following days, the driver, Gwen Dalley, continued to suffer from dizziness, nausea, […] More...

Pennsylvania Pharmacist Admits Prescription Error “Happens All the Time”
December 8th, 2009
Not long ago a man visited a Sam’s Club pharmacy in western Pennsylvania to fill his prescription for Niaspan, a blood-pressure medication. Instead he was given Naproxin, a strong anti-inflammatory drug. After taking just one pill as instructed by his physician he began to feel feverish and ill. After about forty-five minutes, the man’s wife […] More...

Hospitals Using Bar Codes to Prevent Medication Errors
December 4th, 2009
Medication and prescription errors are a major problem affecting our nation’s healthcare system. Such errors harm more than 1.5 million patients each year. But if there’s a bright side to the problem, it’s that at least half of these mistakes are preventable. Medication errors often occur due to human errors which include miscommunications, misinformation and […] More...

Georgia Man Given Chemotherapy Drug Instead of Prescribed Diuretic
December 1st, 2009
An error on the part of a pharmacy in Atlanta nearly led to the death of an 81-year old man. The man, Glenn Wehunt, was prescribed Metolazone, a diuretic, to reduce swelling in his legs. Instead, the pharmacy gave him Methotrexate, a powerful chemotherapy drug used to treat cancer. To make matters worse, the instructions—meant […] More...

FDA Institutes “Safe Use Initiative” Program
November 28th, 2009
Each year, mistakes in prescribing, filling or taking medications send some four million Americans to the emergency room. In an effort to curb this serious problem the Food and Drug Administration is instituting a program called the Safe Use Initiative. The program will include public meetings where doctors, pharmacists, pharmaceutical companies and patients will gather […] More...

Eight-Year Old Sickened after Pharmacy Refills Prescription with Methadone instead of Ritalin
November 25th, 2009
One day in early October, the mother of Preston Stephens refilled her son’s prescription for Ritalin at a local pharmacy. But instead of giving her Ritalin—meant to control his ADHD—the pharmacy mistakenly gave her a bottle of Methadone, a powerful narcotic. The pharmacy error nearly killed the eight-year old Missouri boy. After taking his first […] More...

Autistic Teen Dies Due to Prescription Error
November 22nd, 2009
A prescription error made recently by staff at the Seattle Children’s Hospital, resulted in the tragic death of a fifteen-year old autistic boy who visited the hospital to have four teeth extracted. The boy, Michael Blankenship, was prescribed a Fentanyl patch for pain associated with recovery from the oral surgery. Blankenship was prescribed the patch […] More...

Cardiac Patient Survives Heart Attack Only to Die from Medication Error
November 19th, 2009
A lawsuit, filed last month by the family of a medical error victim, alleges the victim was given the wrong medication by emergency room staff, causing his death. The victim, an 89-year old Texas man, was taken to the emergency room suffering from a heart attack. The man was treated for his cardiac condition, but […] More...

Autistic Teen Dies Due to Fatal Prescription Error
October 24th, 2009
A fifteen-year old boy who recently visited the Seattle Children’s Hospital for extraction of four teeth, tragically died following prescription error by the hospital’s staff. Michael Blankenship was prescribed a Fentanyl patch for pain associated with recovery from the oral surgery. Blankenship, who was diagnosed with autism, was prescribed the patch because he had difficulty […] More...

Medication Errors at a Tenet Healthcare Hospital Result in Premature Birth, Accidental Abortion
October 1st, 2009
Last month, a lawsuit was filed by a victim of medication error, which caused premature birth of her daughter and resulted in severe brain damage to the baby. Tesome Sampson was one of two victims of prescription error on one tragic day in August 2008, at a Florida hospital operated by Tenet Healthcare Corporation. Sampson […] More...

Pharmacy-Mistake.com launches to protect consumers
June 29th, 2009
Philadelphia lawyer Gavin Lentz has launched Pharmacy-Mistake.com to help protect the rights of those that have been injured by mistakes by pharmacies in dispensing drugs and drug-related instructions. The site will be constantly updated with developments and what to watch out for when dealing with prescriptions and major pharmacies. More...

 
     
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Gavin P. Lentz, Esq.
Bochetto & Lentz

Gavin Lentz (right) was selected as a "Super Lawyer" for 2006-2009 and 2010-2015 in New Jersey by Philadelphia Magazine. He has also been selected as a "Super Lawyer" by Philadelphia Magazine and the Legal Intelligencer in 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2011 - 2015.

On September 16, 2002 Mr. Lentz was selected as one of the top 50 lawyers in Pennsylvania by the Legal Intelligencer.

He has made many television appearances, including on Fox News, The Today Show, Inside Edition, and The Phil Donahue Show.

Mr. Lentz is a member of the American Trial Lawyers Association and the Million Dollar Advocates Forum.

As a former prosecutor, he knows how to aggressively go after large pharmacy chains to prove the facts necessary to protect your loved one's rights.

 
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