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Sugar Bits — Dennis Quaid to Sue Drug Company

  • Dennis Quaid has filed a lawsuit against the makers of Heparin, the drug that was accidentally over administered to his newborn twins, because the containers on the two doses look so similar it's easy to mix them up. Thankfully the Quaid twins are both doing well after the terrifying incident. — TMZ
  • Charges have been dropped against Jonathan Rhys Meyers after he was arrested at the Dublin airport last month on charges of public drunkenness. Jonathan is having a pretty hard month after his arrest and the death of his mother, so we just hope that he's okay. — AP
  • If the writers strike continues long enough, some Showtime series, like Dexter or Weeds, may be shown on CBS. Good timing, since most of our favorite shows are running out of episodes! — BuzzSugar
  • Actress Jill Hennessey and her husband Paolo Mastropietro welcomed their second son on Nov. 21, named Gianni. She was originally thinking she'd go with an Irish name but it looks like they chose otherwise. Congrats to the happy family! — People
  • Tara Reid, whose main source of income these days seems to be getting paid to party, has dropped her appearance fee from $30,000 to $3,500. Guess she has to take what she can get these days. — Page Six


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flutterpie flutterpie 9 years
the pharmacetutical company had promised to change the labeling after three kids died in south carolina, if the quaids would of gone after the hospital than there would of been a conflict as to who is to blame for the overdose. i think quaids are just trying to make sure that the drug makers keep their promise and change the labels
pink_magnetism pink_magnetism 9 years
LOL at Tara Reid dropping how much her appearances are worth.
Greggie Greggie 9 years
Actually it's clearly not solely their fault, and even the company has acknowledged that by changing their labels. Their mistake is in not recalling the bottles produced before the change.
aprild aprild 9 years
That's not fair if the pharmaceutical company gets's clearly whoever the hospital staff member who made the mistake's fault.
Greggie Greggie 9 years
I have no idea how all those smileys got in there. I certainly didn't type them. WTH??
Greggie Greggie 9 years
While I agree that our country is too sue happy, I think this is one of those valid lawsuits. Unfortunately frivolous suits weaken all suits. Hospital error needs to be acknowledged and addressed.
Sweet-Adeline Sweet-Adeline 9 years
The monetary settlement, if there is one, should be donated to charity--St. Jude's Hospital for Children comes to mind. Our country is too "sue" happy.
Greggie Greggie 9 years
The kids are safe, Loren. And he's doing it to protect other patients, not "make it all better." It's a perfectly valid lawsuit.
appreciated appreciated 9 years
Hm that's crazy that kids have died from heparin. Seems so harmless...just an anticoagulant. Hm. I think they are looking at the bigger picture in suing the company vs the hospital. Sure the employee made a mistake but mistakes happen. Who knows what the situation was exactly. Via wikipedia there is a drug that can counteract heparin. The bottles definetly should not be the same size. If its just the lids that are different coloured that's a little ridiculous. Should be the whole bottle since usually you pop the lid off before you draw back and if they are reusing bottles (not the needles just the bottles) then it would get very confusing. Different coloured bottles (entire labels different colours) and sizes for sure. That's a little ridiculous that kids have died from it and the company has yet to change their bottles.
jmast jmast 9 years
Actually according to the babies are safe, doing well and back at home already. And they are only suing for $50,000 so it's not like they are trying to make money here...I think he's already well off.
lorenashley lorenashley 9 years
like suing is gonna make the kids all better??? maybe he should wait til his kids are safe, healthy and at home before he tries to take money from someone :oy:
jmast jmast 9 years
The pharmaceutical company sending a letter to the hospitals doesn't help the situation when the staff has been working for two shifts in a row and there is always the chance of human error. Obviously, the hospitals should be more careful but since this has happened at multiple hospitals the main cause of the problem is the packaging and that is the pharmaceutical company's fault. And they are only suing for a small amount, right? So I think it's to make them change the labeling.
Greggie Greggie 9 years
Exactly, snowbunny. It's obvious the label may be clear to us when we have time to sit here and scrutinize it, but in an emergency situation, it makes sense that they should have entirely differently labels. Which they did in October, but didn't recall the old bottles. The new ones are color-coded, larger font, and have a red alert tear-off label for safety. There's no reason they shouldn't have recalled the bottles when they KNEW it was a problem and changed the label.
snowbunny11 snowbunny11 9 years
Usually you sue whoever has the most cash, though I suppose the Quaids aren't really suing for that much (probably because their babies are okay now, thankfully!!). It seems like they want to make a point, and since kids have died at OTHER hospitals, it makes sense that they feel that the problem is with the pharma company and not just the hospital. Weeds and Dexter are better than anything on CBS right now! :)
Novaraen Novaraen 9 years
I just think those hospital people should have READ the label instead of just grabbing the vial. Its a case of DUH...and im pretty sure that person was fired for what they did. Like i said, i saw the pictures of the vials...and while they are the same exact size(which is weird and probably the main problem here), one has a green lid(the 10,000) and clearly says 10,000 on the side. Its just soooo sad that this happened. My boys were in the NICU for a time when they were born...and i can just imagine what a HUGE scare this must have been for the Quaids.
Greggie Greggie 9 years
"Shouldnt he sue the hospital for being the ones who caused the overdose??" I think he should sue both - the labeling is the root of the problem. While obviously hospitals should be checking more closely, the labels add to confusion. I think it's a good idea to hit the root.
Jillness Jillness 9 years
I think there were 16 other babies that were given the wrong dosage, along with the Quaid children! I hope justice is served for them all. I hope the dumbazz that gave them the wrong dosage is no longer working in health care!
Deba Deba 9 years
I would do the same as Dennis, however, not to the pharmaceutical company but the hospital... although pharmaceutical bitches have a lot of money so its not that bad I guess
Novaraen Novaraen 9 years
Shouldnt he sue the hospital for being the ones who caused the overdose?? I saw the bottles and they are somewhat different looking...just the same size. The labels clearly say 10 or 10, just have to READ it. Duh!!
tiabia tiabia 9 years
And yet, Tara Reid still gets posting on PopSugar and is listed in the Celebrities section of TeamSugar :oy:.
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
Good for Dennis, I would do the same too :)
Greggie Greggie 9 years
I'm pretty sure Jill Hennessy was joking with the "Maybe something Irish" comment. :rotfl:
pinkberry pinkberry 9 years
great.. now we'll be seeing more The Hills and less The Office! how sweet is that?
Karma-Co Karma-Co 9 years
Ha ha roxy... Too true! I'm glad Dennis's twins are ok.
roxy17 roxy17 9 years
Paying $3,500 for Tara Reid is stil WAY too much.
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