How many of you carefully check the labels on your prescription medication
bottles when you get them from the pharmacy? Would you have noticed if
you got Hydroxyzine instead of Hydralazine, and would you have known which
one you actually needed?
An elderly woman in Louisville, Kentucky, may have died because she received
the wrong medication at her Walgreens. She suffered from high blood pressure,
congestive heart failure, and kidney failure. She was filling her prescription
for a high blood pressure medication, Hydralazine, but the pharmacy made
an error and gave her an antihistamine called Hydroxyzine. She allegedly
did not receive any counseling from the pharmacist.
After two weeks of being off of blood pressure medication, the patient
received the correct medication. She was soon hospitalized and died, however,
and her family blames the pharmacy. It has filed a wrongful death lawsuit
For more on this story, see
this article, and be sure to double-check your prescriptions!