A Pennsylvania pharmacy is facing a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the father of a man who died from a fentanyl overdose. Dale Albert filed a lawsuit against Sheeley’s Drug Store in Scranton, Pennsylvania after his son, Cody, died of an overdose from a fentanyl pain patch that was given to him by Zachary Ross, who had improperly obtained pain patches from Sheeley’s that were intended for his mother.
Fentanyl is an extremely powerful opioid painkiller that is about 80-100 times more powerful than morphine. Because of its extreme potency, fentanyl products are only intended for opioid-tolerant patients with extreme pain, such as cancer patients. Fentanyl is commonly prescribed in the form of a transdermal skin patch. The drug can also be prescribed in the form of a nasal spray, a lollipop, a sublingual tablet, or in other formulations.
According to the lawsuit, Zachary Ross’s mother, April Kravchenko, was prescribed fentanyl in order to treat her cancer pain. After Kravchenko and her daughter learned that Ross was abusing opioid medications, they called Sheeley’s Drug Store and told them not to allow Ross to pick up opioid prescriptions on his mother’s behalf. In spite of these warnings, a Sheeley’s employee later allowed Ross to pick up Kravchenko’s fentanyl pain patch prescription without presenting an identification.
Days after obtaining his mother’s fentanyl prescription from Sheeley’s, Ross met with his friend Cody Albert, who was complaining of flu-like symptoms. Ross gave Albert one of the fentanyl patches and told him that chewing on the patch would help improve his symptoms. Albert – who had no known history of substance abuse – chewed on the patch. He suffered a seizure and died shortly thereafter of a fentanyl overdose.
Dale Albert’s lawsuit against Sheeley’s Drug Store alleges that the pharmacy was negligent for allowing Ross to pick up his mother’s prescription despite her orders not to allow him to do so and without presenting an identification. Ross is currently facing several drug-related charges, including “drug delivery resulting in death.”
If you or a loved one have suffered an overdose or other complications caused by fentanyl, you may be eligible to file a lawsuit against the manufacturers of the drug, the doctor who prescribed the medication, or the pharmacy who issued the prescription. The first step in taking legal action is to consult with an experienced attorney who can advise you of your legal rights and guide you through the process of filing a case.
The lawyers at Heygood, Orr & Pearson have filed more lawsuits involving fentanyl products than all other law firms in the U.S. – combined. Our attorneys have achieved verdicts and settlements on behalf of our clients in lawsuits involving fentanyl totaling tens of millions of dollar.
Heygood, Orr & Pearson has also filed numerous lawsuits on behalf of patients who were harmed by complications from other opioid painkillers, including oxycontin, hydrocodone, methadone, and other drugs. Families whose loved ones have suffered a combined drug overdose caused by interactions between opioid medications and central nervous system depressant drugs may also qualify to file a claim.
For a free legal consultation to find out whether you may qualify to file a fentanyl lawsuit, contact the lawyers at Heygood, Orr & Pearson by calling toll-free at 1-877-446-9001. You can also reach us by filling out the free case evaluation form located at the top of this page.