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Dennis Quaid Sues Over Twins' Near-Fatal Overdose

May 24 2010, Published 7:33 a.m. ET

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Dennis Quaid is suing Baxter Healthcare over his twins' near-death experience.

In the negligence suit filed and obtained by, Quaid fingered the the maker of the drug Heparin as the culprit behind the potentially lethal error in dosage given to his two-year-old kids, Zoe and Thomas.

COURT DOCUMENTS: Dennis Quaid Sues Over Twins' Near-Fatal Overdose

"On or about November 18, 2007, the newborns minors Zoe Grace and Thomas Boone were both hospitalized in, and under the medical care of Cedars-Sinai personnel in the pediatric unit in connection with a staph infection," the doucments say.

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"In the course of treatment, it was necessary to flush the infants IV lines and "hep lock" was appropriately ordered for this.

"However, in error a vial of Heparin was selected and used inadvertently by hospital personnel and 10,000 units of Heparin instead of 10 were administered to the plaintiffs."

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Quaid and his wife, Kimberly, alleged that the Heparin vials produced by Baxter had confusing labeling and it was easy for medical personnel to confuse the two different doses.

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He said the twins suffered life-threatening reactions, which, according to the file, "may  be permanent in nature and are likely to cause serious complications in the future."

Quaid argued Baxter should have known "the danger of inadvertent mix-up with the dire consequences that could follow, should have taken other steps to warn and to distinguish each of these drugs."

The actor is seeking unspecified damages, medical expenses, general damages, attorney's fees and a jury trial.



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