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"They Could Have Checked My Records"

I'm not generally a fan of lawsuits, but were I the woman in this story from the Seattle Times, I'd be suing, too:

A Tacoma woman with an incurable brain tumor has sued Walgreen Co., saying that when she arrived to pick up her painkiller prescription one day, a pharmacist had her arrested.

In a lawsuit filed Thursday in Pierce County Superior Court, Shannon O'Brien, 35, said she went to the drive-up window at a Walgreen Drug Store two blocks from her home in Tacoma's north end last July 7. The pharmacist on duty thought she had faked her Percocet prescription and called police, the lawsuit stated.

"I was in hysterics -- crying, very upset and very embarrassed," O'Brien said Thursday. "They could have checked my records. I've had the same medicine every month." ...

According to the lawsuit, when the pharmacist called the University of Washington Medical Center's neurosurgery department to ask about it, he was told that O'Brien's doctor, Alexander Spence, was unavailable, so the prescription couldn't be confirmed right away.

That's when the pharmacist called Tacoma police, the lawsuit said. O'Brien was still sitting in her car at the drive-up window when they arrived...

Her lawyer eventually succeeded in getting the felony prescription-fraud charge dropped -- after her doctor provided confirming information to the Pierce County prosecutor's office.

On what planet does, "I'm sorry, the doctor is unavailable to confirm the prescription" lead immediately to "This person needs to be arrested"?

The Pierce County Superior Court page on the case can be found here.

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