Thursday, December 26, 2013

Woman Prescribed 19,000 Oxycodone Pills, Sues Doctor and Pharmacy For $1.5 Million

By Aimee Green, The Oregonian, December 18, 2013

A woman who was prescribed 19,000 oxycodone pills in two years is suing her former Milwaukie doctor for $1.5 million, claiming she became addicted to the massive doses of painkiller and endured an excruciating withdrawal.

Ann Raffaele filed suit this week against osteopathic doctor Edward Goering and Assured Pharmacy in Gresham, which the suit states dispensed the 19,000 pills without questioning whether it was medically justified.

Raffaele, who is now 49, suffered from chronic pain and diabetic thoracic radiculopathy, which is a compression or an irritation near the spine. From 2010 to 2012, Goering prescribed Raffaele an average of 26 oxycodone pills a day, ranging from 15mg to 30mg.

The suit, filed in Multnomah County Circuit Court by Portland attorney John Devlin, stands out because rarely do patients sue medical providers claiming they were irresponsibly prescribed drugs. Attorneys from the Portland firm of Kafoury & McDougal have handled at least 20 cases, including some that faulted a Vancouver pain clinic and Assured Pharmacy for allegedly over-prescribing and dispensing thousands of pills to patients.

You can read the full article at The Oregonian.

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