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    Dennis Quaid's twins get accidental overdose

    The newborn twins of Dennis Quaid and his wife, Kimberly, were reportedly given an accidental overdose of blood thinner at a hospital.

    http://www.cnn.com/2007/SHOWBIZ/Movi....ap/index.html

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    Omg how horrible for them. And for you too SuziQ im so sorry

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    Quote Originally Posted by AmandaBrown23 View Post
    Omg how horrible for them. And for you too SuziQ im so sorry
    Thank you Amanda. I wish there was an easy fix or solution to the problem. But there isn't one. There are great medical professionals out there. I just wish the bad ones were held more accountable than they currently are.

    ETA: It breaks my heart when I read about cases like the Quaid twins.

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    I think there was another case, within the last year or so, where infants were given injections of adult strength because the adult strength bottle was unintentionally stored in the infant (peds ward) medicine locker. I think they really punished the person who put it there and changed the procedures at that hospital to assure that it wouldn't happen again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheShadow View Post
    I think there was another case, within the last year or so, where infants were given injections of adult strength because the adult strength bottle was unintentionally stored in the infant (peds ward) medicine locker. I think they really punished the person who put it there and changed the procedures at that hospital to assure that it wouldn't happen again.
    This happened in Indy a couple of years (?) ago. Three infants died. From what I've read, it seems the manufacturer must address the packaging. The labels on both of these doses were in different shades of blue.

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    I'm sorry if this is naive, but did the twins die as a result? The article is unclear. I think it says they are in the intensive care unit.

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    I think I read somewhere that they were expected to live.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AmandaBrown23 View Post
    I think I read somewhere that they were expected to live.
    Hopefully, not brain damaged. I would like to see them declared free of any adverse effects.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marthatex View Post
    Hopefully, not brain damaged. I would like to see them declared free of any adverse effects.

    I know, poor little babies.

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    The AP is reporting that they hospitals says the babies should be fine and are not showing any adverse side effects, which is a miracle in itself! Praise the Lord they will be alright!


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    This is so sad. Gosh people need to be more careful!

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    Dennis Quaid is suing the maker of heparin.

    http://www.cnn.com/2007/SHOWBIZ/Movi....ap/index.html

    The article also mentions the twins are at home & seem to be doing OK so far.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LovingTheChaos View Post
    Dennis Quaid is suing the maker of heparin.

    http://www.cnn.com/2007/SHOWBIZ/Movi....ap/index.html

    The article also mentions the twins are at home & seem to be doing OK so far.
    Wow, I'm amazed!!!! It must be something about the way it's labeled. I wonder if they will also sue the hospital or workers later? Maybe not.

    This is going to be an interesting case!!!! I just hope the twins will be all right - it sounded like they caught it in time, but they can't rule out damage for awhile.

    My husband says they should have been able to tell if there was a brain bleed by c-scan and so forth.

    They don't need the money; they are probably suing to get the drug company to make changes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marthatex View Post

    They don't need the money; they are probably suing to get the drug company to make changes.
    I am hoping they will settle out of court for the changes made in the label and bottle shape. I don't think it is right to sue the drug makers. In the medical profession, it is THEIR JOB to check and double check when giving drugs. It was a human error...not the drug company's fault. They shouldn't be held responsible for this. I don't care if the bottles are identical. Reading the bottles carefully should be the key here. Why does everyone in the world think things need to be idiot proof? What ever happened to being responsible for doing a job correctly? I am happy the babies are going to be ok. However, until they start school and start learning to read, the damage might not show up. I think they did say there was some brain bleeding. It was a tragic mistake. Don't you know the person that made that mistakes feels like crap? Gosh, it is all so sad.

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    This is one law suit I can agree with. He can't sue every health care worker, or for that matter every hospital. The maker of this drug can make a simple change in packaging to help save babies. It is not about greed or money, or even punishing someone (hence the small amount of damages). I believe he is doing this to force them to make the change. This is a good thing he is doing.

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