Metro Man Hospitalized After CVS Mixed Up Medication

Friday, November 14th 2014, 10:23 pm
By: News 9

A metro family said this dangerous mix-up could have turned out a lot worse.

A SW Oklahoma City pharmacy gave the wrong medication to a man, and after several doses, his wife knew something just wasn't right.

Curtis Isaacs, 51, went to the doctor for a checkup Friday just to be on the safe side. Well, he was told he needed to head to the emergency room as soon as possible!

Isaacs, according to his wife Teresa, does not have a history of health issues.

“Never ever. Doesn't drink a beer, doesn't do anything. He thought he was taking something after having three wisdom teeth pulled,” said Teresa Isaacs.

He got those teeth pulled on Nov. 5 and was prescribed an antibiotic along with ibuprofen.

In fact, the labeling on the bag said just that.

“He took 300 milligrams at one time, more than once of this medicine thinking it was ibuprofen,” said Isaacs.

Teresa said he took it for at least two days and she noticed he started acting extremely sick, almost as if he was drunk after each dose.

“It's a scary thought,” said Isaacs. “We don't know what kind of damage it could have done to him.”

She's the one who realized Curtis was taking someone else's anti-depression medication. She said she immediately called the CVS Pharmacy on the corner of 44th Street and Western Avenue to let them know about the mix up.

“It's very serious, you know. Mistakes are made in life, but as a pharmacist, you can't make a mistake because people's lives are in your hands every day,” said Isaacs.

Mike DeAngelis, a corporate Public Relations Dir. for CVS Pharmacy released the below statement:

“The health and safety of our customers is our number one priority and we sincerely apologize to Mr. Isaacs. We have comprehensive policies and procedures in place to ensure prescription safety and errors are a very rare occurrence. If one does happen we fully investigate the incident to determine what happened in order to prevent it from occurring again.

We are committed to continually improving our processes to help ensure that prescriptions are dispensed safely and accurately.”

That was little comfort to Teresa as her husband sat in the hospital with extremely high blood pressure and heart palpitations.

“I don't call that a mistake, I call that negligence,” said Isaacs.

Teresa said CVS corporate has offered to pay for medical expenses.