A Colorado Safeway gave a young expectant mother Methotrexate instead of an antibiotic, simply because the names of Ms. Silva and the other customer were similar. She got sick and went to the hospital, where the mistake was discovered.
The Danger of This Drug Methotrexate is a chemotherapy drug which is also used to treat rheumatoid arthritis and psoriasis. Ms. Silva took only one pill, but she still has a 50/50 chance of miscarriage, or having a baby with severe problems because of the Methotrexate she thought was an antibiotic.
Mistakes like this happen every day in this country, and the sad fact is, these pharmacies really don’t care unless they are sued. Their pocketbook is all that is important to them.
When the Incident Took Place This incident took place in February, 2011. It is not known if she was able to maintain her pregnancy, or if the resulting child was healthy. We certainly hope everything turned out well, and that mother and baby are doing fine.
What to Do if This Happens to You When medication errors like this occur, you should go directly to the hospital, whether you feel sick or not. There could be severe consequences for anyone taking the wrong drug, even if they only took one dose.
You should contact a board certified attorney immediately.
Reporting the Pharmacist to your state’s board of pharmacy will do little good. These boards tend to let the statutes of limitation run nearly out before they begin an investigation, and they never share their results, or whether there was disciplinary action with anyone not on the board, or the Pharmacist himself. Since help from a state agency isn’t going to happen, what do you do?
Contact our office for a free consultation. Call our office to have one of our board certified attorneys review your case. It is important to make sure you know your rights. There is no obligation and no cost. Simply send us a confidential contact form, or contact us toll-free at: 1-888-526-7616 today to tell us about your case.
Kennedy Hodges, LLP helps individuals who have suffered serious injury due to prescription and pharmacy errors across the country, including distributing wrong medications, administering the wrong dosage, and failure to provide medication warnings and instructions.