CVS Gave Kids Cancer Drugs by Mistake

50 families were supposed to get fluoride tablets

By Mark Russell,  Newser Staff

Posted Mar 5, 2012 5:02 AM CST

(Newser) – Children from 50 families in New Jersey were accidentally given a breast cancer drug instead of chewable fluoride tablets, reports Gawker. Instead of a fluoride pill to prevent tooth decay, the children got Tamoxifen, a drug that prevents the production of estrogen. Fortunately, doctors say it should not have any serious effects when used for a short time. CVS spotted the error and notified the families, but has no explanation for the mix-up.

CVS hasn't offered any explanation for the mixup.
CVS hasn't offered any explanation for the mixup.   (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)
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