Originally created 12/28/06

Suit claims error in prescription



A civil lawsuit has been filed against a west Augusta pharmacy over an alleged prescription error.

Angelica Dixon filed the Richmond County Superior Court lawsuit on behalf of Frank Lyons against Pharma-Serv Inc., the corporate owner of Summerville Pharmacy, and Hani William Mussad.

The lawsuit seeks unspecified damages. It represents only one side of a dispute, and the pharmacy and pharmacist will have until January to respond.

The lawsuit alleges that Mr. Lyons became deathly ill in February 2005. It contends that the illness was a result of Mr. Mussad's failure to fill a physician's prescribed medication for hypothyroidism for three months in late 2004 and early 2005.

Mr. Lyons allegedly experienced multiple organ failure when hospitalized in February 2005. He remained in the hospital through June 2005, according to the lawsuit.

The pharmacy's owners and Mr. Mussad are accused of professional negligence.

The state's pharmacy disciplinary board issued a public reprimand against Mr. Mussad in April 2004. According to the consent order, Mr. Mussad gave another customer the wrong medication. The board fined Mr. Mussad $500, according to records in the Georgia Secretary of State's Office.

Mr. Mussad has been a licensed pharmacist in Georgia since 1998.

Reach Sandy Hodson at (706) 823-3226 or sandy.hodson@augustachronicle.com.