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Polo Team Files Lawsuit Against Pharmaceutical Company for Selenium Overdose of Horses

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Wellington, Florida—the owners of 21 polo horses are suing the pharmacy that they allege doled out a lethal mixture of vitamins that killed their horses overnight. According to the lawsuit filed by Quantum Management Company and three player-owners, Franck’s Pharmacy in Ocala, Florida is solely responsible for improperly mixing a vitamin compound which led to the horses receiving too much selenium, a supplement that can be particularly harmful to horses if ingested in large amounts.

The Lechuza Caracas Polo Team was preparing to play in the U.S. Open at the International Polo Club Palm Beach in Wellington, Florida when 21 team horses started to falter and collapse on the ground. Fourteen of those horses died that day and the remaining seven died overnight.

The team’s veterinarians originally ordered doses of the drug Biodyl to help the horses recover from the physiological wear and tear of preparing for the U.S. Open. Thus, the team asked Franck’s Pharmacy, which advertises itself as the “nation’s premier compounding pharmacy” on its website, to prepare the Biodyl substitute. Each horse was worth at least $100,000 and several of the horses were uninsured. Overall, the lawsuit seeks $4 million in damages