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Pharmacy Mistakenly Gives Pregnant Woman Abortion Pill

Mareena Silva is six weeks pregnant and when she went to the pharmacy to pick up an antibiotic her doctor had prescribed, the pharmacist gave her an abortion drug by mistake.  Mareena might lose her unborn child because of the prescription drug error, which occurred last Thursday.
 “I took it because I thought it was mine,” Silva said. The pharmacist at the Ft. Lupton (CO) Safeway gave her the prescription of methotrexate.  Methotrexate is used in chemotherapy regimens to treat cancer, but it is also used to terminate early-stage pregnancies.
After she took it, Silva was nauseated.  “I came back and I looked at the bottle and it wasn’t my name,” she said. The methotrexate was intended for a 59-year-old woman with the exact same last name as Silva’s and a similar first name.
Silva was rushed to Platte Valley Medical Center where they gave her charcoal to absorb the drug.  “For all this to happen now is really overwhelming,” said Silva. “This is my first child, so it’s really difficult to deal with.”
Safeway admitted its pharmacy mixed up prescriptions.  Safeway said, “Safeway’s first concern is the health of our patients. When the pharmacist became aware of what happened, he worked with the patient and with her physicians to minimize any possible health consequences to the patient and her unborn child. We have extended our sincere apologies to the customer, and offered to pay any medical expenses incurred as a result of a prescription error.”
Silva isn’t so convinced. “Sorry’s not going to cut it. I’m going to have to deal with this for a long time,” Silva said. “My baby could have deformities. There’s a lot that goes with it.” She could miscarry, carry the child to full-term with severe birth defects or she could have a happy, healthy baby. Read the article here.

A sad situation for the mom and her baby.  This medicine is vital to treat cancer yet may have a terrible outcome for a pregnant mom.  I pray her baby is ok. I feel for the woman and hope the pharmacy immediately changes their practices to ensure this doesn’t happen again.  If this has taught us anything, be sure to double check the name on your prescription before leaving the pharmacy!
Posted by DCG 
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Doc's Wife
Doc's Wife
9 years ago

This is so sad. Hubby says that it will be nothing short of a miracle if this baby survives w/o serious birth defects.