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Owners Of Ship In ’07 SF Bay Oil Spill Sue Pharmacists Over Captain’s Meds

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The Cosco Busan appears with a large gash on its side after colliding with a Bay Bridge tower in 2007. (CBS)

The Cosco Busan appears with a large gash on its side after colliding with a Bay Bridge tower in 2007. (CBS)

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SAN FRANCISCO (CBS/AP) — The owners and operators of a container ship that slammed into the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge in 2007 are suing pharmacists who they say dispensed drugs to the pilot of the Cosco Busan.

The ship’s owner, Regal Stone Ltd., and operator Fleet Management Ltd. say the pills dispensed “recklessly and negligently” by pharmacists at a Longs Drug Store had clouded pilot John Cota’s judgment.

The container ship spilled more than 50,000 gallons of oil into San Francisco Bay after the crash.

The lawsuit was filed Friday in San Francisco Superior Court. It claims many of the drugs should not have been taken together. The companies are seeking monetary damages.

A representative of CVS Caremark, which owns Longs, was not available for comment.

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