Kanawha Co. woman alleges drug manufacturer, distributor caused suffering

By Philip Gonzales | Jun 13, 2018

CHARLESTON — A Kanawha County woman is suing a drug manufacturer and distributor, alleging negligence and breach of warranties.

CHARLESTON — A Kanawha County woman is suing a drug manufacturer and distributor, alleging negligence and breach of warranties.

Sandi Greenhowe filed a complaint May 4, in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia Charleston Division against Virtus Pharmaceuticals LLC, Pharmatech LLC ,et al, alleging they violated the West Virginia Consumer Credit and Protection Act.

According to the complaint, on May 4, 2016, Greenhowe filled her prescription of the defendants' hyoscyamine to manage her medical complications associated with pancreatitis. As a result of taking the medication, Greenhowe says, she was hospitalized six times due to tachycardia. 

On Sept. 16, 2016, the suit says, the defendants recalled seven batches of the medicine Greenhowe had been taking. As a result, she says, she will continue to suffer pain and suffering, mental anguish, economic loss and emotional distress. 

The plaintiff alleges the defendants negligently placed in the stream of commerce hyoscyamine tablets that contain up to 1,000 times more hyoscyamine sulfate.

Greenhowe seeks trial by jury, compensatory, punitive and economic damages, pre- and post-judgment interest, and all other necessary relief. She is represented by attorney Dan Snuffer of Preston & Salango PLLC in Charleston.

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia Charleston Division case number 2:18-cv-00895

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