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Pharmacy Chain Gives Kids Cancer Medication by Mistake

Defective drugs are a huge issue throughout the country. Many people develop serious illnesses and injuries because of defective pharmaceuticals and medication errors.

There are many main ways that a pharmaceutical injury can arise including:

  • An adverse reaction to a properly manufactured and prescribed drug, such as an allergy to an ingredient
  • An illness that develops as a side-effect of a properly manufactured drug, such as liver cancer in ACTOS patients
  • A manufacturing defect or contamination issue in an otherwise properly formulated drug
  • A properly manufactured pharmaceutical which is improperly prescribed or dispensed to a patient

Improper dispensation is at the heart of a recent controversy involving CVS pharmacy. Authorities say that a CVS pharmacy in New Jersey botched the fulfillment of fluoride pills for children's teeth and instead gave the kids breast cancer drugs.

The children were given tamoxifen for at least two months and many parents are outraged about the mixup and have grown to distrust their pharmacy.

"It's something that's very disheartening to see that happen and who knows what else they did wrong," one parent said.

CVS has issued an apology for the mixup and no adverse events have been reported from any of the children.

Source: ABC News, "CVS Gives Kids Cancer Drugs by Mistake," March 4, 2012

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