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Dennis Quaid Suing Healthcare Company Due To Twins' Overdose

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Dennis Quaid filed a negligence suit against Baxter Healthcare on Friday. The reason for the lawsuit stems from an incident in 2007 where his newborn twins were given a lethal dosage of the medication Heparin.

Hospital personnel administered 10,000 units of the medication instead of 10. The twins, 2-year-old Zoe and Thomas, are lucky to be alive.

In the legal papers, Quaid alleges that Baxter Healthcare, which manufactures the drug, is responsible for making the dosage information confusing. The labels are said to be a "totally foreseeable and predictable" error and "knowing of the danger of inadvertent mix-up with the dire consequences that could follow, should have taken other steps to warn and to distinguish each of these drugs."

Due to the accident, the damage done to the twins "may be permanent in nature and are likely to cause serious complications in the future."

The Quaids are seeking medical expenses, punitive damages and for Baxter to establish a fund for future medical expenses.

Lots of luck!

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26 comments to “Dennis Quaid Suing Healthcare Company Due To Twins' Overdose”

  1. 1

    Good. That is the only action medical companies seem to listen to, unfortunately.

  2. 2

    If the twins survived, then it was not a lethal dosage. Who writes your articles?

  3. 3

    Surely its the hospitals fault and not the medical company?

    How do you confuse 10 with 10,000? it sounds like neglect on the hospitals part. I can understand his grievances over the risk of his childrens lives, but surely suing a medical company who still employ thousands at a time when employment is so scarce is even more selfish?

  4. 4

    The oh so not bright sister probably wrote it. But then again maybe it was Perez. Pick your poison - both equally illiterate.

  5. 5

    His hair frightens me.

  6. 6

    It was a lethal dose considering many kids have been given the same dose and died from it!

  7. 7

    His career is in the toilet, so he has to do something to get money, and of course stay in the spotlight. Why three years later buddy? These celebs make me SICK!!! Vomit…. Let's be honest, you are a has been Dennis, and frankly a pretty bad actor. Before you do anything, fix your hair. Very bad dye-job.

  8. @v@ says – reply to this


    His efforts will help to ensure that there isn't a repeat of what occurred to anybody else due to the vague labelling, as well as provide for the twins should they need it down the road. Best wishes to Quaid.

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  10. poli says – reply to this


    He' s fucking hot…would love to suck his cock, eat his pink asshole!

  11. 11

    Re: AprilShowers – agreed!!!

    if i was dennis quaid i would've been sue the hospital!!!!!!!

  12. 12

    The vials for the different dosages of the medications are nearly identical. They wrong dosage was accidentally stocked in the neonatal unit of the hospital. The Quaids don't blame the hospital because it was an honest mistake. They blame the drug manufacturer because they had numerous complaints about the labeling from numerous hospitals BEFORE his children were ever born. This was a completely preventable mistake. All the drug company had to do was change the color of one of the labels.

  13. Sizza says – reply to this


    Re: twomuffins2 – Exactly. The manufacturer needs to make the labels of the different strengths of heparin more distinct. They are virtually identical. Although the manufacturer didn't administer the drug to the children, they should do everything that they can to prevent errors like this. All they need to do is change the color of the label. It's a small step they can take to know that they have done all that they can to prevent accidents like this.

  14. Sizza says – reply to this


    Re: DYNO DAVE – No, but if the gun company sold two guns, one that shot only bullets and one that only could shoot blanks, and the guns look practically identical and someone accidentally got killed because someone used the wrong gun, the gun company should make the guns more distinguishable to help prevent another accident.

  15. 15

    Re: twomuffins2 – EXACTLY! one of the most common drug mistakes made, ruining lives and careers in the process. changing the label has been a long time coming!

  16. 16

    wow this is fucking horrible.. those poor babies… they never had a chance if something ends up being wrong :( …fuck the Quids should fight fight fight .. they have enough money to now they need to do it .. man so horrible :(

  17. 17

    Re: DYNO DAVE – your a retard… do you know anything about hospital and medical … the drug was PREPARED before hand BY THE DRUG COMPANY … them AND the person who administered it are BOTH at fault

  18. 18

    He will win because people are stupid and will rule on sympathy and not logic. I work in the medical profession and this is completely the fault of the nurse who administered the drug. But she or he does not have big pockets so they go after the manufacturer, who had nothing to do with giving the wrong dosage. The nurse should have know not to give the babies that amount of the drug should be fired and that should be the end of the story.

  19. 19

    i'm kinda torn on this one.
    mistakes happen in any field. who knows how many folks die because of mistakes made by docs, nurses, hospitals, drug companies, etc……
    it happens every day and folks don't sue. maybe that's one small part of why healthcare is so expensive?

    i can't imagine how terrible it must be for their family knowing a mistake was made. but is his suit to further awareness or to get paid? the awareness part is okay but do you have to ask for money, especially when the Quaids have more than most could ever spend in a few lifetimes?

  20. 20

    Why only sue them now? Need attention much, mr Quaid? Maybe someone should sue him for DUI and cheating….a lot.
    This was clearly the nurse's fault. If they don't bother to read carefully, accidents will happen.

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  22. 22

    Re: Sizza – Isn't this a bit like American money. All the dollars look the same, just different numbers - and doesn't everyone seem to manage not to mistake a $50 for a $1 - just askin?!

  23. 23

    You are also supposed to have two nurses checking an order for heparin. You a supposed to draw it up and then have the other nurse verify it. Somebody didn't do that.

  24. Sizza says – reply to this


    Re: Aileen (Canada) – True, but if you're grabbing a bill in a hurried, tense moment, you might grab the wrong one. But the atmosphere of a NICU and the atmosphere where people buy and sell things, like a Starbucks or something, are different. The company should change the heparin labels.

  25. 25

    DISGUSTING. This piece of shit is publicly suing, thereby promoting this American mentality that suing is an entitlement that every healthcare receiver has. Malpractice lawsuits RUIN medicine. It is despicable, deplorable, and infuriating to anyone connected to medicine. Even the nurses suffer from malpractice lawsuits! Doctors are the ONLY human beings beside the Pope who are expected to be PERFECT. I mean that exactly as it is written. Doctors are not allowed to make any mistakes. It's incredible. People who can't pay their bills should take some onus instead of reaching out to a parasitic lawyer who will urge them to make multi-million dollar claims. Outrageous. Disgusting.

  26. 26

    Re: TheDingoStrikes – Medicine is so expensive because of the trash who sue. It's not expensive because of those who don't. I'm not sure if I can understand why that was a difficult one for you to figure out.