Woman sues UIHC over prescription

BY DI STAFF | MARCH 10, 2011 7:20 AM

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A Clark County woman is suing the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics and one of its doctors for allegedly prescribing a drug that could have been dangerous to her health, according to court documents.

In 2008, Pattie Schutte, a long-standing patient of UIHC, was referred to endocrinology Clinical Assistant Professor Jaspreet Chahal to be evaluated for asthma.

Chahal allegedly prescribed Schutte with Propranolol; according to the lawsuit, Chahal should have realized would be dangerous to Schutte’s health.

After Schutte took the medicine, she was immediately taken to the emergency room because she had difficulty breathing, according to court documents.

Schutte filed her claim with the State Appeal Board in 2009 and was denied.

She is now demanding trial by jury.

— by Michelle McConnaughey

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