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Trending: Mom Sues Walgreens Over Son's Vicodin Death

Mom claims pharmacy kept dispensing pills for two years despite doctor's request to stop.

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By Dennis Robaugh

Chicago – Walgreens is being sued for negligence by a mom who claims the pharmacy kept giving her son pills despite a doctor's request to cut him off.

John P. Oles, 29, died of an overdose in August 2012. His doctor had contacted Walgreens on April 20, 2010, to tell them Oles was abusing Vicodin and that pharmacists should not fill any prescriptions he obtained from other doctors, according to the suit.

The suit claims a note was put into his Walgreens computer file, but the pharmacy continued to dispense Vicodin to Oles for two more years until his death. The last prescription for 90 10-mg tablets was filled in July 2012, according to the suit.

The suit was filed in the Cook County courts last week. Walgreens does not comment on pending litigation.

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Nancy Welsh April 06, 2014 at 11:04 PM
He was an adult, probably doctor shopping several walgreen locations & possibly other pharmacies. A doctor note in a file was not nearly enough. Dr. had access to regulators to inform them of allegations but, other than poor worried mom, he did what he could do & stayed clean by stepping out. I am sorry that mom lost her son. I know how special mine is to me. Your son was lost long before then & it was no one's fault but his own. Put the lawyer rhetoric & the money dangling in front of you aside. Sue walgreen's if you think their control is weak and your suit will effect change. If that is #1 reason for your action, then get your money & message out there for others. Don't do because walgreen's has deep pockets & you want to make money from your son's tragic life
Shantel April 09, 2014 at 04:12 PM
You cannot have a medicine such as vicodin dispensed without a written prescription. Whoever filled it must have been in on it. Even if you've had one filled before it usually says no refills without doc's permission. You can't have it called in either. He was pretty crafty if he kept getting it after 2 years.
Dan Cox April 09, 2014 at 04:22 PM
We do not want to take responsibility in Illinois, we want to find somebody else to pay for our mistakes and incompetence. The Pharmacy fills Prescriptions that a Doctor authorizes, it is up to the Patient to read and follow the directions. These are the same people who want to sue a gun dealer for legally selling a gun to somebody that later commits a crime. Illinois is one of the most litigious states in the nation and is full of people who live to be involved in a lawsuit.
NH citizen April 11, 2014 at 11:48 AM
I do feel bad for this person and their family as addiction is a terrible thing. It does not just effect the addict - but their entire family and friends. That being said, I find is sad that everyone wants to blame someone else when something goes wrong. There is not much ANYONE can do to help an addict until the addict wants to get help. Addicts can be very resourceful when they need to be. There has to be more to this story than what is in this article since (as many comments before mine point out), there are policies in place to regulate drugs (although I think this one could be a little tighter). Doctors cannot tell pharmacies to stop filling a script. In some states, this type of script is only good for 90 days. The only way I would believe this Mom was not in it for the money is if she awarded 100% of all proceeds to a charity involving the assistance in drug addictions.
Festus McMoron April 22, 2014 at 04:19 PM
why doesn't this womwn sue herself. she was his parent. why wasn't she looking out for his well-being instead of someone else. people are always looking for someone to blame.

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