by momathelete (227 Posts), Wed Aug 11, 2004 07:36 pm
I just wanted to let you know about an article that was on the Chicago Tribune today.
A family had a girl born 11 weeks early and her ped perscribed phenobarbitol as a preventative for seizures. This I never heard of before -did this happen to anyone?? That drug is so potent that I am surprised by the preventative. Anyway, I digress.. I guess the girl was having alot of problems being on the pheno and was admitted to the hospital 4 times. She would get significantly better once she was there. The doc thought that maybe the drug perscibed was old. So, the grandma worked at the hospital and has a friend of hers test it to see if it was old and it ended up being a drug you give to adult diabetics. This drug actually causes huge problems in preemie kids. So, the odds of this were pretty slim -first the mix up and then her being a preemie. She is now 6 years old and is a quadrapelegic and has brain damage. This is just so sad. It just went to court this week and a well known drug store chain has to pay this family 23 million dollars. I still can't believe this. What an awful thing to happen. I picture this happening to my son who was born at 28 weeks and my daughter at 29 weeks. I feel so bad for this family. There are so many what ifs, and the possibilities are endless, but I am so thankful that my ped didn't use any preventative. The thing is, this girl was progressing fine, well, maybe she had a brain bleed? I still can't figure out why they would even think she would have seizures. So sad....
Keep an eye on all of your meds. Make sure your old meds compare to the new bottle, etc. Heck, I don't know how to prevent this..... I guess I needed to share this story with other preemie moms.
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