Fighting For You: Purse-Snatching Victim Wants Lost Prescriptions Replaced, Doctor Says ‘No’

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – We have an update on a man who attacked a 60-year-old woman as she tried to fill a prescription.

Thursday morning, the attacker knocked the woman to the ground and stole her purse. She lost everything in the purse, including her new prescriptions she had just picked up at Star Market in Five Points.

Friday, we learned the woman’s doctor is now refusing to write another prescription.  A friend of the victim called WHNT News 19 to ask Venton Blandin to help fight for the medicine the 60-year-old needs.

The woman spoke with us on camera, but asked us not to reveal her name.  We will call her ‘Susan’ in this report.

Susan has chronic back and leg pain. She talked with us about Thursday’s attack in front of Star Market.

Susan had a hard time sleeping hours after she was attacked.

“I was just so nervous. I could not sleep because of it. It just kept coming back to me. I could see that man’s face, you know. It just replayed over and over in my mind,” said Susan.

She says the man made her nervous as soon as she saw him.

“I had this sort of sick feeling that something wasn’t right,” said Susan.

The 60-year-old woman was going to the store’s pharmacy to get six prescriptions filled.

“I had my purse on my shoulder and my hand holding onto the walker.  All of a sudden he said ‘give me that bag’,” said Susan.

She gave the man the bag, but was knocked to the ground in the process. Huntsville Police are looking for the purse-snatcher.

Susan was blindsided again when she went to see her doctor for new prescriptions.  A secretary explained the doctor’s policy.

“It was his policy to not replace a prescription that has been lost or stolen,” added Susan.

Susan says she was not allowed to explain her situation.

“I called back after I got home and tried to explain again. I begged them to please let me talk to him and explain the situation,” added Susan.

The woman’s doctor didn’t want to go on camera, but told me all his patients sign a contract stating the rules. One of the rules says prescriptions will not be re-issued if they are lost or stolen.

“I just couldn’t believe it. I didn’t know that they did that. I did not know that policy was in effect,” said Susan. “I am an innocent person, you know. I did not do anything to cause this.”

Susan says the doctor will allow her to get another prescription in 28 days. She’s worried about the delay since she’s been on the medication for years. She’s worried about how her body will react.

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