Mom Sues Walgreens Over Her Son's Vicodin Death

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

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, of Hickory Hills, 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.

pitszal March 26, 2014 at 10:58 PM
I don't know how the pharmacy could continue to dispense Vicodin to her son for two more years. Knowing that his Dr. was against it. I would think that the Dr and the pharmacist would of discussed the situation . Maybe there is more to the story then we know of. A good idea would be to have a letter/fax sent to all the pharmacy's in the area/state about a customer abusing narcotics.
Sue Afryl March 27, 2014 at 09:22 AM
Utterly ridiculous! He found ways to get the script he owned the addiction not Walgreen's. It is another example of no accountability for ones own actions. There was a note on file from the original Doctor not to honor the pain prescription, however That note is for that Doctor and if another writes the same script it is not Walgreen's responsibility to say it is not valid. Is Walgreen's supposed to determine that every script for the medication is for an addiction? are they supposed to judge whether it has been prescribed for a new injury or for post surgery? I think not. This was an adult who made bad choices meaning he chose to continue with his addiction rather than seeking help to end his addiction. he paid the ultimate price for his choice which is sad but he had options his mother had options . What did she do to end his addiction there are legal steps a family members can take in order to stop all types of drug abuse. But it is not the pharmacy's responsibility to stop it. It is their responsibility to fill prescriptions that are validly written,there are checks in place to make sure the prescriptions written are not false. This is a case of not owning your own actions.
Laura6 April 01, 2014 at 07:21 AM
Where is personal responsibility? Why is everyone always blaming someone or something else for what THEY do?? Vicodin is not that easy to get... trust me!! Pharmacists love to interject themselves into peoples prescription histories.
Anita C Spero June 16, 2014 at 06:23 PM
I am a long term Chronic pain sufferer. I have Lupus and several other things. It is impossible to do that. There IS more to the story. We, as pain patients have been treated like criminals for a very long time. Nobody could get away with that. We are drug tested we have forced body searches and purses (by doctors). We are called names, glared at. We get ridiculed and many times reprimanded for not taking the pain. https://www.facebook.com/groups/Lostinchronicpain/ Please join my group if you want to understand us better. The suicide rate is going up and nobody wants to talk about it. They want to shove anti depressants down our throats even if we are not depressed. It's the Medical field drug of choice to make us "shut up". It's their "get out of jail" card...drug. WE are now being poisoned by "brain changing" drugs that are addictive, but that's o.k.. If you want to hear the truth from actual pain sufferers I welcome you to my group..


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