Lawsuit claims pharmacy in DeSoto County gave man wrong dosage of blood pressure medication, leading to his death

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DESOTO COUNTY, Miss. (localmemphis.com) – A DeSoto County CVS is at the center of a wrongful death and negligence lawsuit against a Clarksdale family.

Federal court records claim the problem began July 14, 2017. That’s when Jeffrey Dale Simmons received his prescription for the medication, Carvedilol, from the CVS Pharmacy on Goodman Road in Southaven, Mississippi.

Simmons’ doctor prescribed the drug to treat high blood pressure. Medical records from the suit show his doctor wrote a prescription for 6.25 milligram tablets of Carvedilol.

That’s the dosage Simmons had received in the past; however, pharmacy records submitted show Simmons was given tablets of 25 milligrams. That’s four times the dosage prescribed.

The lawsuit states Simmons took the medicine for about a month and later died August 25, 2017.

The error came to light when, two months later, CVS called Simmons’ doctor’s office asking about the prescription. 

A nurse, who happened to be Simmons’ aunt, told CVS about Simmons’ death. 

The lawsuit says a pharmacy employee told the nurse that the pharmacist gave Simmons the wrong dosage.

Simmons’ wife is now suing both the CVS Pharmacy and the pharmacist who filled the prescription, and claims if the pharmacist would have noticed the error sooner, Simmons could have been prescribed another medicine to reverse the effects of the drugs.

The lawsuit is asking for more than one million dollars. 

Local 24 News reached out to CVS. They did not want to comment.

Simmons’ family also did not want to comment at this time. 

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