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65-year-old man claims CVS mistake cost him his sight

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A 65-year-old man says a mix-up with his prescription at a CVS pharmacy in Houston blinded him in his left eye.

Now he is suing the company.

His name is Claudis Alston.

Two years ago he went to the doctor. Among his other health problems, the diagnosis this time was pink eye.

The doctor’s prescription was for eye drops, specifically a cortisporin ophthalmic suspension.

But when he took that prescription to a CVS pharmacy, they gave him something else: Neomycin-polymyxin-hc.

That’s for ear infections.

The box identified it as an ear solution but the instructions said to put three drops in each eye twice daily for five days.

“Immediately after he instilled the drops he became just beside himself and was like ‘this really hurts.'”

Claudis Alston was rushed to the emergency room but doctors say he is now blind in that left eye.

Now attorneys are trying to get answers from CVS.

“We’ve heard nothing back from CVS,” attorneys said.

The response they got was an official no comment from CVS headquarters.

A court date for the lawsuit has not yet been set.

The statement that CVS sent KHOU reads in full, quote, “As this matter involves pending litigation, we are unable to comment.”