Doctor Sued for Wrongful Death Caused by Over-Prescribing Pills

Dr. Celia Lloyd-Turney, an Alabama doctor, is being sued for the wrongful death of one of her patients who died May 15, 2016. The lawsuit was filed by the deceased’s administrator and states Dr. Turney began treating Felicia Ann Kelly for “alleged anxiety and chronic pain,” back in January 2012. Between 2012 and 2016, Dr. Turney prescribed at least 3,645 oxycodone pills to Kelly, 582 of which were prescribed during the final two and half months of her life. During that time, Kelly was also prescribed several other prescriptions, including opioids and benzodiazepines. Sources say Kelly’s toxicology tests detected “fatal levels” of oxycodone and other drugs and that she died from “mixed drug toxicity.”

Documents indicate that during the course of treatment, Dr. Turney failed to implement safeguards to minimize the risk that Kelly would become addicted to prescription pain medication. Dr. Turney is accused of excessive prescribing and failure to recognize and treat addiction. Choice Medicine, the clinic where Dr. Turney worked, is also a named defendant and is accused of failing to properly train and supervise its employees. Several pharmacies were also named defendants.

This is not the first time Dr. Turney was sued for wrongful death. In August 2017, another patient of Dr. Turney also died from “acute mixed drug toxicity.” The lawsuit in that case alleges Dr. Turney failed to properly supervise her patient by failing to appropriately prescribe, manage, monitor, and dispense medications.

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