CHARLESTON - A Kanawha County man isn't sure whether he took the red pill or the blue pill, but alleges the pills he took while at a Charleston pharmacy caused him to come unplugged.

Sintayehu Amare on July 30 filed suit against the Rite Aid Corp. In his complaint filed in Kanawha Circuit Court, Amare, a Charleston resident, alleges the pharmacy at one of Rite Aid's stores filled the wrong prescription for him causing him to have an adverse reaction to the whatever medication he took.

According to court records, Amare went to get a prescription filled at Rite Aid's Washington Street East location in Charleston on May 6. Records are unclear as to what medication Amare was seeking.

Nevertheless, he alleges Rite Aid "negligently, carelessly, recklessly, willfully, wantonly and with utter disregard for [his] safety…provided him with an incorrect prescription." Upon ingesting the wrong medication, which is also not identified in court records, while in the store, Amare says he "suffered immediate and sudden injury and trauma to his body."

Thereafter, he was hospitalized at nearby Charleston Area Medical Center. Amare alleges the incorrect medication he took resulted in him sustaining "injuries to his body as well as other physical and psychological damages requiring past, present and future treatment with past, present and future medical bills."

As a result of Rite Aid's negligence in providing him the wrong prescription, Amare maintains he suffered, among other things, a decrease in earning capacity, value and enjoyment of life, pain and suffering and mental anguish. He is seeking $500,000 in damages.

Amare is represented by Charleston attorney Harold S. Albertson Jr.

The case is assigned to Judge Paul Zakaib.

Kanawha Circuit Court case number 09-C-1379




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