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Bulletin: Medical Verdict Seen as Powerful Message to Health Care Providers
Pittsburgh - An Allegheny County jury returned a $2 Million verdict on Wed., May 16, 2018 in favor of Stanley and Marianne Truskie as a result of the death of their son Mark who died at the age of 46. The Truskies were represented at trial by Geoff Brown and Tyler Smith of Bordas & Bordas.
"It was certainly an honor to represent Stanley and Marianne Truskie in their heroic effort to honor their son's memory by protecting the safety of others suffering from mental illness. We are pleased that we were able to help them fight for justice in this case," said Brown.
After Mark's death on November 12, 2013, the Allegheny coroner deermined he died from toxic levels of Celexa and Cloziral, two medications used to treat mental illness. Mark's psychiatrist, Dr. Grace Huang of the Staunton Clinic, prescribed both medications. The Truskie family was able to prove that Huang and the Staunton Clinic, prescribed both medications. The Truskie family was able to prove that Huang and the Staunton Clinic ignored two critically important FDA Safety Alerts regarding Celexa, a medication known to cause sudden cardiac death when prescribed above certain doses. As the evidence demonstrated, Huang and the Staunton Clinic prescribed Celexa to Mark at twice the allowable dose without ever informing the Truskie family of the FDA warnings or informing them about simple and safe tests that could be used to protect Mark from the increased risk of harm caused by his medications.
"This case sends a very important message - that doctors have to know the risks of medications and need to inform their patients of those risks," said Smith after the closing arugument and the jury's verdict. "We hope this verdict will prevent other families from suffering a terrible loss like the Truskie family did."
Mark is survived by Stanley and Marianne Truskie, his sister, Lynn, and his brothers, Brian and Craig.
Stanley D. Truskie, Ph.D., President