Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Actor Dennis Quaid Files Product Liability Case against Pharmaceutical Company

Manufacturers are required to sell products that are safely and uniquely packaged so that mix-ups will not happen. A pharmaceutical company that failed to do so is now being sued by actor Dennis Quaid.

Reports stated that the product liability lawsuit was filed against Deerfield, III-based Baxter Healthcare, which is responsible for producing the blood thinner heparin, after the actor’s twins almost died three years ago due to drug overdoses.

The lawsuit claimed that heparin and Hep-Lock, which is the lower-dose version of heparin, are both packed in similar blue vials that have a small print on their labels. This wrong packaging reportedly resulted in a mix-up at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.

Reports said the suit, which asks for unspecified damages, also stated that the pharmaceutical company should have pulled out the heparin vials after knowing that similar medication errors have already resulted in a number of deaths involving infants.

The drug was recalled by the Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) in March 2008 due to contamination problems.

Both the actor and his wife were given around $500,000 in June 2009 as a settlement pay from the hospital.