STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — A Midland Beach senior citizen and his wife received flu shots three years ago with a needle at a Dongan Hills pharmacy that had been used on another customer, a lawsuit alleges.
Egidio Rasile was told he and his spouse needed to have blood work performed because of the needle’s multiple use in the CVS Pharmacy at 1361 Hylan Blvd., alleges a civil complaint.
Rasile has sued CVS in state Supreme Court, St. George, and seeks unspecified monetary damages.
The complaint, filed last week, alleges he suffered “serious and permanent personal injuries and was required to seek medical treatment.”
The injuries are not specified.
Advance reports indicate Rasile is in his mid-80s.
According to the complaint, Rasile received the flu shot in the pharmacy on Sept. 14, 2013.
Three days later, on Sept. 17, the pharmacy contacted him.
He was advised “the needle used for him and his wife, Josephine Rasile, was used on another customer, and that blood work was necessary,” said the complaint.
The complaint provides no further details on the incident.
Rasile alleges CVS negligently administered the flu vaccine and failed to properly train staff.
The pharmacy also used “unsterilized and unsanitized needles, equipment and tools” and “improper equipment and tools” to administer the vaccination, alleges the complaint.
John M. O’Dowd Jr., Rasile’s lawyer, did not immediately return telephone messages seeking comment on the suit.
Mike DeAngelis, a CVS corporate spokesman, said the company had not been served with suit papers and was unable to comment on the allegations.
However, DeAngelis did say CVS has “stringent processes and procedures in place to ensure that vaccinations are administered safely and accurately.”