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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 side effects as a result of having been given the incorrect medication.

In October of 2010, a CVS customer with an existing prescription for Nexium, a popular heartburn medication, used the pharmacy’s automatic refill program to reorder his monthly supply of the drug. After picking up the drug and returning home, he opened the bottle and found that the pills in the medicine bottle looked different from the ones he had previously taken, so he checked the label and, upon finding that everything correctly identified him as the patient and the pills in the bottle as Nexium, he felt confident that they were correct and took the medication as directed.

Unfortunately, though the bottle’s labeling was correct, the medication was not. Instead of filling the bottle with the heartburn medication that the label indicated and that the prescription ordered, the pharmacy gave the patient Propecia. Propecia is a medication that is used in the treatment of prostate enlargement and has been found to remedy baldness. It has been the subject of a great deal of litigation on its own due to allegations that it causes sexual dysfunction, and in the case of the CVS customer the patient began experiencing numerous negative effects almost immediately.

According to the patient, the day after he first took the medication he began to experience fatigue and dizziness, and a few days later he began suffering from pain and soreness in his testicles. His stool color changed dramatically and he began noting an increase in his heart rate. He also reportedly felt both hot and cold at the same time and was perpetually in fear of fainting.

The patient continued taking the medication which he still believed was Nexium for over a week before noticing that there was a label stuck to the back of the bottle indicating that it contained Propecia. He returned to the pharmacy the next day, bringing the bottle with him, and confronted the pharmacist and store manager who was on duty. Both acknowledged the mistake and assured the victim that the store would review what had happened in the case, offering no other remedy other than providing him with his Nexium.

The patient has indicated that as a result of the CVS mistake he has experienced long-term side effects. He continues to suffer from lethargy and dizziness as well as an erratic pulse and blood pressure. He also suffers from a significant decrease in his overall energy level, minimal sexual desire and penile atrophy. As a result, he filed a negligence charge against both the pharmacy and the pharmacist who dispensed the medication, claiming that due care and diligence were not exercised. His suit sought over $2.5 million.

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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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