World news wrapup: 28 November 2019

Dayna Less in Kenya. Image: Facebook
Dayna Less in Kenya. Image: Facebook

Slain pharmacist’s family sues hospital; pharmacist arrested over overdose deaths; techs jailed for selling opioids outside pharmacy

Chicago, Illinois: The family a pharmacist who was shot and killed while at work in 2018 have filed a lawsuit against the Mercy Hospital, where she worked, reports the Chicago Tribune.

Dayna Less was killed by shooter Juan Lopez, who had already killed his former fiancée in the parking area of the hospital, as she got out of a lift. Mr Lopez then shot and killed a police officer, and died after the officer shot him.

Now Ms Less’ family has filed a wrongful death lawsuit which claims that her workplace “completely failed to take even the most basic and simple safety and security measures”. The suit names both Mercy Hospital and SDI Security Inc.

“Mercy and SDI failed to take preventative measures,” said the family’s attorney.

“If that would’ve happened, our client’s daughter would’ve been alive today.”

The hospital reportedly did not institute the relevant Code Silver alert, locking down the building and letting people inside know there was any danger, until after Ms Less and Mr Lopez’ former fiancée had been shot.


Rajajinagar, India: A pharmacy owner has been arrested after he allegedly sold Tapentadol tablets to two young people who subsequently died from overdose.

Manish Kumar, who owns the Mandeep Pharmacy, is alleged to have sold the opioid tablets, distilled water and syringes to three young people on November 17, without a prescription. One of the three told the others that he had bought the pills many times from this pharmacy, according to the statement of one of the victims.

The three mixed the pills with water and injected the solution, the victim said.

The News Minute reports that when the pharmacy in question was raided, a “huge stash” of the tablets were discovered, which had not been entered into inventory.

“This was stashed illegally. He was selling Tydol illegally for months before the raid. We have seized the drugs and the police have booked him under the Drugs and Cosmetics Act,” said a drugs controller officer.

Mr Manish was held on a charge of culpable homicide not amounting to murder.


Chicago, Illinois: Two former pharmacy technicians have been jailed for five years, and a year and a day respectively, after they were found to have conspired to steal and sell 56,000 hydrocodone pills and sell them outside the pharmacy where they worked.

Elizabeth Cruz was handed a sentence of five years after she pleaded guilty to a count of conspiracy to possess a controlled substance with the intent to deliver, reports Block Club Chicago.

Meanwhile Jacqueline Green was sentenced to a year and a day for her role in the matter.

The US Attorney’s Office noted that Ms Cruz had falsified the inventory of the Allcare Discount Pharmacy where the pair worked in order to hide the fact that the pills had been received and dispensed.

“When trusted pharmacy employees illegally divert powerful and addictive pain medications for misuse, they put individuals and their families at increased risk of drug dependence and overdose,” Robert J. Bell, special agent-in-charge of the DEA Chicago Field Division said.


Central Kenya: In only five days, 110 pharmacies have been closed down in Central Kenya for disobeying regulations, reports The Star.

Central region police commander Patrick Lumumba said those dealing in illegal drugs were endangering lives of Kenyans.

 “This is a good gesture to enlighten the public so that they can know about the dangers of illegal drugs and action to take whenever they hear or see any dealings with illegal drugs,” he said.

Locals have been warned not to go back to the closed pharmacies.

Irregularities included leaving pharmacies open without a qualified pharmacist in charge, supplying medicines to “quacks” and illegal trade in medicines.

Of the 71 people arrested, 22 are now facing charges.

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