A Montgomery, Alabama jury last month leveled a $2.5 million fine over an incorrectly filled prescription from 2006. Reva Tosh was accidently given the steroid Decadron in place of the pain medication for her rheumatoid arthritis.
Ms. Tosh took high doses of the steroid for 28 days after which she developed Cushing’s syndrome. She suffered from mental disorders as well as physical problems that eventually confined her to a wheelchair. Her attorney maintained that the primary issue in the case was weather the ailments she suffered were due to the Cushing’s or a result of the rheumatoid arthritis that was the cause of her original prescription for pain medication.
The jury found that the Cushing’s was the cause of her current conditions and awarded Ms. Tosh $2 million for her injuries and suffering. They also awarded her husband $500,000 for the loss of his wife’s companionship.