The Florida Injury Lawyers at Abramowitz, Pomerantz & Morehead, P.A. were recently successful in achieving settlements in two related cases for two clients who suffered severe corneal injuries due to the negligence of a compounding pharmacy and a pharmacist.
Both clients went for what should have been routine cataract surgery from a local ophthalmologist at an outpatient surgical center. An anesthetic agent commonly used for injection into the eye as part of the procedure was ordered by the surgical center from a compounding pharmacy. The pharmacy mistakenly sent syringes that contained the correct type of drug, but with preservative added instead of the preservative free syringes that were ordered. While this is acceptable for use in other parts of the body, the preservative cannot be injected in the eye as it kills endothelial cells. The pharmacy mislabeled the package containing the syringes as “PF”, for “preservative free”. Following the surgeries both clients lost vision in their operated eye and eventually had to have corneal transplants to partially restore vision.
Abramowitz, Pomerantz & Morehead, P.A. were able to settle one case for $556,875.00 and the second, more severely injured client received a settlement of $810,000.00.