GASTONIA, N.C. -- A Gastonia family told NewsChannel 36 that a local pharmacy mixed up a prescription for their son, and the results could have been potentially deadly.
The Rite Aid store on West Franklin Boulevard had been the pharmacy of choice for the Leigh family--until last Friday.
"I was really mad. I had set myself up for jail time, to be honest with you, because I was really that mad," said Kelly Leigh Tuesday afternoon.
Leigh said she was afraid for what might have happened to her son, Logan.
Logan is a month shy of seven and suffers from a rare form of juvenile rheumatoid arthritis. He takes shots of a drug called Embrel to help control it.
But instead of a box of pre-dosed shots, when Leigh went into the Rite Aid last Friday, she said she was handed a box containing what appeared to be flex pens or eppy pens.
She called her doctor to ask how to administer them and he asked her to double-check the dosage.
It turned out, she said, not to be for a child but for an obese adult -- nearly double the dose her son was taking.
"The specialist that prescribed him the Embrel shots said it could potentially have been deadly or severely dangerous for him to take that amount," Leigh said.
"This has numbers on it so they can easily read it, and bar codes that they scan and they still messed it up," said Logan's father, Keith, referring to the dosage labels.
The Leighs went back to the Rite Aid and Kelly said she was told, "That it wouldn't have hurt him. That it was just double the dose, and if anything, it would have helped him."
Kelly Leigh said Rite Aid also told her that they sometimes pull a cashier from the front of the store to help out in the pharmacy when it is busy.
When NewsChannel 36 contacted the Rite Aid corporate office, a spokesperson said, "We are still investigating and we take every complaint seriously."
The spokesperson also said Rite Aid uses licensed pharmacists in the filling of every prescription and are assisted by certified pharmacy technicians.
The Leighs said they are not planning a lawsuit and that they just want everyone to check their own prescriptions.
"You can make just as many medical mistakes behind the counter as you can in an operating room and be just as dangerous," said Keith Leigh.