Lawsuit: Hannaford gave woman wrong medication

A Fulton County resident is suing Hannaford pharmacy in Amsterdam for giving her the wrong prescription, according to court documents.

According to the lawsuit, Karen Sue Larson went to Hannaford pharmacy on June 8, 2012, to fill her prescription of Ropinirole, which is a medication prescribed to her for the treatment of restless legs syndrome.

According to the website for the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, the syndrome is “a neurological disorder characterized by throbbing, pulling, creeping, or other unpleasant sensations in the legs and an uncontrollable, and sometimes overwhelming, urge to move them.” The sensations can range in severity from uncomfortable to painful, the website said.

Most people with RLS have difficulty falling asleep and staying asleep, according to the website. Left untreated, the website said, the condition causes exhaustion and daytime fatigue.

According to the lawsuit filed in state Supreme Court, Larson was supposed to take seven 1/2-milligram pills of Ropinirole once a day.

However, the lawsuit said, Larson was provided with a prescription of 1/2-milligram pills of Risperidone, which is an antipsychotic drug primarily used to treat schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and autism.

Heidi Hunt was the pharmacist employed by Hannaford who gave Larson the wrong prescription, the lawsuit said.

Larson took the Risperidone for five days thinking it was the Ropinirole.

On June 13, 2012, Larson called the pharmacy and spoke with Hunt who realized she had given Larson the wrong prescription and directed her to go to the hospital, the lawsuit said. Larson went to St. Mary’s Hospital immediately.

Larson alleges in the lawsuit that the Risperidone made her experience side effects such as drowsiness, incoherence, weakness, inability to breathe properly, tremors and severe anxiety. According to the lawsuit, she continues suffering from physical and emotional injuries from the incident.

Larson is seeking compensatory damages in an amount determined by a jury

Larson’s attorney, Elmer Robert Keach III, filed the lawsuit April 2. Keach declined to comment on the case.

Attorney William C. Foster, of Hiscock & Barclay, was retained by Hannaford to defend them in the case.

Foster could not be reached for comment.

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