Pregnant Woman Mistakenly Given Abortion Drug By Her Pharmacist! OMG! How Could This Happen?

Thu, February 10, 2011 10:05am EDT by 7 Comments

Is this your worst nightmare HollyMoms-to-be? Now the woman fears that the drug error will cause her to miscarry.

This is the mother of all mix-ups. Six weeks pregnant Mareena Silva of Colorado claims that a pharmacist at Safeway grocery store in her hometown of Fort Lupton gave her an abortion drug rather than the antibiotic she was prescribed. Now, she, as well as doctors are concerned that the pill will cause her to miscarry. How does this even happen? So horrible. HollyMoms, what would you do?

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Mareena, 19, took methotrexate, which is used in chemotherapy and also to terminate early-stage pregnancies. Mareena only took one pill, but after feeling sick, she was rushed to the emergency room, where it was discovered she was given the wrong medication. Doctors say that she may either miscarry the baby or have a child born with birth defects. There is no good news in this situation. And all because a pharmacist didn’t do her job correctly.

“We have extended our sincere apologies to Ms. Silva and offered to pay any medical expenses incurred as a result of the prescription error,” Safeway said in a statement. “We understand the anxiety this has caused and the difficulty of Ms. Silva’s situation.”

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Safeway’s statement also explained that pharmacy’s policies and procedures were not followed and that the company is redoubling efforts to make sure this kind of medical error never happens again. Those policies include asking a patient twice his/her full name and double-checking their date of birth.

Mareena has moved out of her apartment and is not answering media questions at this time due to advice from her attorney. HollyMoms, what would you do if you were facing this situation?

–Leigh Blickley

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