Dennis Quaid Sues Drug Company Over Twins' Overdose


Actor Dennis Quaid is suing pharmaceutical company Baxter Healthcare for negligence after his infant twins received a near-fatal overdose of Heparin in 2007. Cedars-Sinai medical staff confused labels on different bottles of the anti-coagulant drug, and administered 10,000 units of Heparin instead of the 10 units the babies were supposed to receive. Quaid and Buffington's twins, Thomas Boone and Zoe Grace, were only two weeks old at the time of the incident, and had life-threatening reactions to the Heparin overdose.

In court papers obtained by, Quaid and wife Kimberly Buffington state that the two bottles of Heparin "were very similar in size, color and appearance, and had no distinguishing markings, color or information on the top of the cover... a mix-up...was totally foreseeable and predictable." Quaid and Buffington think Baxter should be held liable because the bottles were "easy for medical personnel to confuse."

The lawsuit also claims that the injuries Thomas and Zoe sustained "may be permanent in nature, and are likely to cause serious complications in the future." While the specifics of these complications can't be known at present, the papers state, "As of now, each of said plaintiffs have been injured seriously in their healthy and bodily integrity, and suffered and will suffer damages in excess of the jurisdictional minimum of this court."

Quaid hopes to receive repayment of medical expenses, general damages, unspecified damages, lawyers' fees and a trial by jury.

Quaid settled with Cedars-Sinai in 2009, receiving $50,000 as well as a promise that Cedars will provide free medical care for his twins, should they experience any further side effects related to the Heparin OD.

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