By Peter H. Milliken
A 19-year-old heart transplant recipient and her parents have sued Rite Aid Pharmacy, 3527 Canfield Road, saying the pharmacy’s errors in filling her anti-rejection medication prescriptions caused her to begin rejecting her new heart.
The civil lawsuit was filed by Clorrissia M. Perry, who received the transplant at age 16 on March 18, 2014, at the Cleveland Clinic, and her mother, Tracey L. DeDominic, both of Shelby Road, and her father, Joe Nathan Perry, of 3rd Street, Warren.
The complaint, which demands a jury trial and more than $25,000 in damages, was filed in Mahoning County Common Pleas Court, with Rite Aid and unnamed pharmacists, corporations and partnerships listed as defendants.
“We are aware of the lawsuit, but cannot comment on pending litigation,” said Kristin Kellum, a public relations specialist with Rite Aid Corp. in Harrisburg, Pa.
“Defendants failed to fill the prescriptions in accordance with the doctor’s orders,” according to the complaint filed by Atty. James S. Gentile.
“As a result of defendants’ negligence, Clorrissia was not receiving sufficient medication to prevent her heart from rejection,” the suit says.
The defendants have admitted their errors to the heart surgeon and advised the family they would resolve all issues, the complaint says.
Before they determined the prescriptions weren’t being properly filled, the doctors believed Tracey DeDominic wasn’t giving her daughter the needed medication and considered notifying Mahoning County Children Services to possibly remove her daughter from her care, causing DeDominic “extreme emotional distress,” the suit says.