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Cedars Fined Over Quaid Twin Screw-Up

3/20/2008 7:52 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

TMZ has learned the state of California has fined Cedars-Sinai Medical Center $25,000 for giving overdoses of a blood thinner to three infants, including the newborn twins of actor Dennis Quaid.

After investigating, the California Department of Public Health found that hospital personnel failed to follow their own procedures for safe medication use, and that resulted in what they called "preventable medication errors."

As TMZ first reported in November, the Quaids' then-10-day-old twin newborns, Thomas Boone and Zoe Grace, were given an overdose of the drug Heparin. According to Cedars, a total of three babies were given doses of 10,000 units per milliliter of the drug, instead of the normal dosage of 10 units. Hospital officials said the children affected were all treated and did not show any lasting ill effects from the overdose.

In December, Quaid and his wife Kimberly Buffington sued Baxter Healthcare claiming the drug company failed to change the medication's labels to prevent confusion over dosages.

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L.S    

Good They should be fined.And the dumb ass nurse should loose her license

2354 days ago
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SC    

How does one loose their license? If you are going to make a comment, at least have the decency to spell check...or better yet, learn how to spell.

2354 days ago
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Valerie    

Wowie Ms. Grammar (#2)
Loose Lose, Im sure people understood. Take a chill pill.

Anyways, $25k fine for almost killing 3 people. Yet UCLA Med Center fires people for looking at Britney Spears med files.
Hmmmm......

2354 days ago
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crazy chemist    

Scary! Even health professionals can't read labels!

2354 days ago
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Harold    

Talk about someone with a stick up their ass. It looks like someone was typing too fast and simply made a typo. I find it very hard to believe it's never happend to you SC. And just for the record. A comment box on TMZ doesn't come with spell check. Dumbass!

2354 days ago
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Liz    

That is all they are being fined?

2354 days ago
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L.S    

Thank you Val # 3

2354 days ago
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Valerie    

Why certainly #1

2354 days ago
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L.S    

WOW SC your a BITCH

2354 days ago
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Harold    

wow went to register my e-mail address to add my comment and 4 postings. Talk about quick.

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Valerie    

LOL and picking on Ms. Grammar (#2) she misused commas. LOL

And Crazy Chemist-youre totally right, its shocking that this big of a mistake was made but IMO the ultimate problem was the near identical labeling of 10 vs 10,000 units.

2354 days ago
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ken    

6 million for babies photo..
25k for 2 babies life. something wrong..SUE for 25millions.

2354 days ago
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spicy    

I usually don't spell check one liners. I don't know if this has ever happened to you, but sometimes people make typos. Typos don't make one indecent, but your criticism over something so minor would make you an extremely judgmental person. Also, I don't think this person was typing out his/her term paper. An online gossip site isn't exactly a formal place. And don't tell me you didn't know what the person meant when they added an extra 'o' to the word. Good luck in your future relationships.

2354 days ago
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alllli    

Hey SC...do us all a favor and smoke a joint or something, okay?

2354 days ago
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kingquad    

good point about the fine and firings, Val. They should of made the fines more, so it would affect policy at the hospital. I hope Quaids lawsuit to get the labels changed works. P.S. don't bother trying to correct all my grammar and spelling mistakes, you don't have enough time.
shawn

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