05/27/2010 // WPB, FL, USA // Nicole Howley // Nicole Howley
Los Angeles, CA—Actor Dennis Quaid is going after Baxter Healthcare Corp., after his twins were given near fatal doses of a blood thinner called Heparin. The lawsuit was filed on May 21, 2010 in Los Angles Superior Court on behalf of his children, as reported by the Contra Costa Times.
Quaid’s twins, Zoe Grace and Thomas Boone, were born in November 2007, when they were given multiple near-fatal doses of Heparin, to treat staph infections. The twins were supposed to get 10 units of Hep-Lock, but instead they were given 10,000 units of Heparin. The low-dose drug, Hep-Lock, and Heparin are packaged in similar vials with blue backgrounds and very small print.
The lawsuit contends that Baxter Healthcare should have recalled Heparin 10,000 unit vials, because the drug maker as received reports that infants had died due to similar dosage errors. Baxter is also obligated to alert healthcare providers of prior medication mistakes.
Due to the dosage mistake, the twins suffered internal injuries and shock, but doctors are unsure of the long-term effects.
The lawsuit is seeking unspecified damages.
Baxter was not available for comment.
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