Family Sues Walgreens, Abbot Laboratories for Wrongful Death Involving Erroneous Diabetic Test Strips

The family of Abbie Harper is suing Walgreens and Abbott Laboratories for wrongful death. The 23-year-old law school student had been using the FreeStyle-brand test strips made by Abbott to monitor her diabetes.

The products liability case contends that the strips, along with a blood glucose meter and Omnibod insulin pump, which were made by defendant Insulet, gave Abbott the wrong glucose readouts, causing her to take less insulin than she needed. Abbott died in November 2013.

Four days after her passing, Abbott recalled the test strips, noting in certain instances that the product had provided the wrong low blood glucose findings. The plaintiffs believe that aside from the product defect, there were also issues of compatibility involving certain devices. Their legal team believes that a manufacturing error caused the test strips to become defective.

Harper got her prescription for the FreeStyle brand test strips, which were filled at a Walgreen store.


Diabetics and Blood Sugar

Being able to monitor your blood sugar properly is important if you are a diabetic. Too high of blood sugar, know as hyperglycemia, or too low of blood sugar, called hypoglycemia, could result in a diabetic coma, which may prove fatal. Some people with diabetes have to test their blood sugar several times a day. Diabetes, if not treated properly, may lead to health complications, including death.


Products Liability

If you believe that you became sick or got hurt because of a faulty medical device or some other product you may have reason to pursue a products liability case against the manufacturer, seller, distributor, reseller, or other parties. Our Boston product defects lawyers represent injured parties and their families in pursuing their Massachusetts products liability claim. There may be others that were not involved in the chain of selling, manufacturing, or distribution, who should also be pursued for personal injury or wrongful death. If a pharmacy gave you the wrong medication or was negligent in other ways, you may have reason to pursue a Massachusetts pharmacy malpractice case.


Family of diabetic U. of C. student sues Abbott, Walgreen over her death, Chicago Tribune, March 9, 2015


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