Pharmacy caused 79-year-old Vietnam vet’s fatal heart attack by not filling his blood thinner prescription, lawsuit claims

Jerrold Allen

The family of Jerrold Allen, inset, filed a lawsuit against H-E-B pharmacy in San Antonio after he died of a heart attack, allegedly because he could not receive blood thinner meds. (Allen: Obituary; Background: Google Maps)

The family of a 79-year-old military veteran alleges in a lawsuit that a Texas-based grocery story chain and pharmacy caused his fatal heart attack because it refused to give him his blood thinner medication.

On Dec. 7, 2023, Jerrold Allen went to a H-E-B pharmacy in San Antonio to pick up a medication prescribed by his doctor. But when he arrived pharmacists told him the prescription was filled by a mail-order pharmacy and “erroneously” told him they could not give him the medicine, the lawsuit claims. Pharmacists allegedly told him that he had to wait until the medicine arrived by mail. But four days later, on Dec. 11 — before he received the meds in the mail — Allen suffered a heart attack “caused by his not taking the lifesaving medication prescribed by his doctor,” the lawsuit said. He died Dec. 13.

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