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The Chicago Tribune reports that a lawsuit filed in Cook County Circuit Court against Abbott Laboratories and Walgreen charges that "a University of Chicago law student died after using diabetic test strips that were recalled days after her death."

The story says that "Abbie Harper, 23, in her second year of law school, had been diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes as a teenager, according to her family ... Harper used Abbott's FreeStyle-brand test strips and a blood glucose meter in conjunction with an OmniPod insulin pump made by Massachusetts-based Insulet, also a defendant, according to the suit. The suit stated that the products gave Harper falsely low glucose readouts for about two days. As a result, she didn't take enough insulin and she died Nov. 14, 2013, according to the suit. Four days later, on Nov. 18, Abbott recalled its FreeStyle test strips because they were found to provide 'erroneously low blood glucose results,' in some cases, according to the suit," which also maintains that "a Chicago Walgreens store filled Harper's prescription for FreeStyle brand test strips."
KC's View:
Again, a story about culpability to be taken seriously. Walgreen may have had no way of knowing, and yet it is held responsible by the consumer. The courts may not feel the same way, but that may matter less than the broader impression, which may persist for a long time.