Wal-Mart Settles Wrongful Death Suit Due to Insulin Overdose

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On December 13, 2005, Keith Scofield visited a Wal-Mart pharmacy inFrederick, Maryland, and ordered over-the-counter Humulin R(u-100). Instead, he was allegedly given Humulin R (u-500), a prescriptiondrug that contains five times the insulin of the requestedmedication.

He injected the insulin on December 20, 2005, lapsedinto a diabetic coma, and died on January 2, 2006, according to alawsuit filed by his family.

The suit was settled during mediation without admission ofliability or fault.

Source: Business Week, July 2007

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