US veteran sues Kroger over drug error, kidney failure

A former Navy officer is suing Cincinnati-based Kroger after one of its pharmacies gave him the wrong prescription medication, according to WLWT5 news.

Randy Crews filled a 90 day prescription of labetalol, a blood pressure medication, at a Kroger clinic in December 2013.

According to court documents obtained by WLWT5, Kroger officials admitted the pharmacy had inadvertently given Mr. Crews Lamotrigine, an anticonvulsant used to treat bipolar disorder and seizures.

Court documents showed pharmacists at the location had received an alert that Mr. Crews had received the wrong medication, according to the article.

Court documents obtained by WLWT said Mr. Crews was diagnosed with chronic kidney disease prior to the pharmacy error. After taking the incorrect medication for less than a week, his condition deteriorated to end-stage renal failure. Mr. Crews is currently undergoing a dialysis treatment and is on the waiting list for a kidney transplant, according to the article.

Kroger officials declined to comment on the case. According to court documents, the company argues that Mr. Crews's renal failure was inevitable, according to the article.

A trial date is currently set for Sept. 6.

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