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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 dose, he began to vomit and became extremely lethargic. Realizing something was wrong, his mother rushed her son to the local emergency room.

Upon arrival, she presented the prescription bottle to hospital staff. Even though the label indicated the pills were Ritalin, hospital staff confirmed that they were actually Methadone after running the ID number stamped on the pills through the hospital database. Preston was later released from the hospital but remains under close observation. Whether or not the pharmacy error will have long-term consequences for the boy is unclear as the narcotic is not designed for, tested on or prescribed to children.

Although the matter is still under investigation, some think the pharmacy accidentally filled the prescription bottle with Methadone pills rather than with Methylin, a generic form of Ritalin. Since the two medications would be sitting near or next to each other on alphabetically arranged pharmacy shelves, the pharmacist who filled the prescription may have carelessly or negligently grabbed the wrong bottle.

Fortunately, Preston’s mother noticed her son’s condition and took quick action to avert a tragedy. All too often pharmaceutical error leads to grave consequences to patients and their loved ones. The administration of pharmaceuticals is a significant responsibility which must be undertaken with the utmost of care for the patient.

The attorneys at Pharmacy-Mistake.com have a long record of successfully representing victims of medical and pharmaceutical error. If you, or someone you know, have been injured because of being prescribed the wrong medicine, or other medical error, please contact us at Pharmacy-Mistake.com for a free consultation. Our attorneys are available to assist in all aspects of your litigation.

 
     
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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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