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Dennis Quaid Sues Baxter For His Twins' Blood Thinner Overdose

Filed December 5th, 2007 amy

Dennis Quaid and his wife filed a lawsuit Tuesday against drug maker Baxter Healthcare Corp after their twins were mistakenly given an overdose of blood thinner Heparin.  The lawsuit, which seeks more the $50,000 in damages, alleges that the drug maker was negligent in giving drastically different dosages of the blood thinner similar packaging.

In a recent story by the Associated Press¬†Baxter spokeswoman Deborah Spak was quoted as saying, “this is not a product issue. The issue here is about improper use of a product.”

Per a exclusive,”According to the lawsuit, the 10-unit vials and the 10,000-unit vials of Heparin look similar enough to cause confusion. Both doses, the papers say, “had a blue background color to its label. This fact made them more difficult to distinguish than if they had different background colors.””

The Quaids are not suing the hospital for its mistake but are instead focusing on trying to get the large dose vials recalled and relabeled, as a similar mistake at an Indianapolis hospital last year killed three children.

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