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

(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.

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BCS
Mar 6, 2012 6:53 PM CST
They replaced their poison prescriptions with even worse poison. Real nice.
mehrheit
Mar 5, 2012 1:03 PM CST
Sad but unsurprising, for all the reasons @i2ollingstone:disqus cites. My CII Rx has been screwed up 3X in the past 5yrs. After the first time (a miscount leaving me over a week short on a 4wk script) I inspect and count them pretty regularly now. Just two months ago the pharmacy gave me the wrong generic for one of my scripts (non-equivalent dosage form). It happens. Check your script! If the pharmacy doesn't print pill descriptions on your paperwork, you can check it yourself using the "Pill ID" tool at drugs.com (if you're in the US).