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Lawsuit: CVS Blinded Me
Texas 65-year-old says chain gave him ear drops instead of eye drops
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Jun 20, 2014 1:51 PM CDT
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(Newser) – And now a story sure to fill you with confidence in your local pharmacist. A Houston-area man is suing CVS, claiming that a pharmacy screw-up blinded him in one eye. Claudis Alston, 65, went to the doctor in 2012 with a case of pink eye and got a prescription for eye drops, KHOU reports, but he says the pharmacy accidentally gave him ear drops instead. When he used them, he felt a surge of pain and rushed to the emergency room, but it was too late to save the eye.

Alston has an extensive criminal record, KPRC reports, but his lawyer says the screw-up is well documented enough that credibility shouldn't be a concern. While the package the pharmacy gave Alston was labeled "EAR SOLN," the instructions said, "INSTILL 3 DROPS IN EACH EYE TWICE DAILY." So far, CVS hasn't responded to the lawsuit, the lawyer said, and it declined to comment for the news organizations. Based on Texas law, the most Alston can be awarded is $250,000.

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Jun 21, 2014 10:01 AM CDT
Ain't Texas law so logical? No other state practices an eye for an eye like Texas. It's all about justice through vengeance. But when it comes to multi-billion corporations harming people, that's different. It's a much different philosophy - it's an eye for a slap on the wrist. This is what happens when you have the best government that corporate special interest money can buy.
Dr Geo Douglas
Jun 21, 2014 8:39 AM CDT
CVS made about $125B last year. Max compensation is $250,000. So if I blind somwone thu negligence, I owe 10 cents.
Jun 20, 2014 11:23 PM CDT
You'd think that customers could sue corporations under the laws where the corporation maintains its headquarters. CVS maintains its headquarters in Rhode Island. Is each CVS a stand alone franchise?