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BY MIRANDA WHEATLEY

 

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It’s a tragic case of mistaken identity.  A Safeway pharmacy in Fort Lupton, Colorado, accidentally gave 6-week pregnant Mareena Silva the wrong prescription. Instead of her antibiotics Silva received methotrexate - a cancer drug that is sometimes used for early abortions.  

“She went home she took one she felt nauseated she checked the bottle, it wasn’t hers.  She got mixed up with a 59 year old woman with a similar name.” (Fox News)

Mareena Silva told KMGH Denver she soon realized something was wrong.

“I looked at the bottle and it wasn’t my name.
[Reporter] She called her doctor.
[Silva] My doctor immediately told me to try and make myself vomit to see if I could get the medicine to come back up.”


KMGH
says Silva was then rushed to the hospital where doctors gave her charcoal to absorb the remaining methotrexate from her body. Silva has since been sent home but Babble reports, the status of her unborn child is unknown and doctors say all she can do is wait.

“Luckily, doctors at Platte Valley Medical Center were able to prevent a miscarriage. But Silva and her unborn child are far from out of the woods. Doctors will continue to monitor her closely. Silva could, indeed, still have a perfectly healthy baby. But … she could also wind up giving birth to a baby with serious abnormalities and birth defects or even suffer a miscarriage.”

Many reports are referring to methotrexate as an abortion pill but OB/GYN Dr. Karen Ashby told AOL Health...

“It is not frequently given to women who want to end unwanted pregnancies … Usually we use it for tubal pregnancies and give it in shot form," … "That's not an abortion pill."”

Unfortunately many say this issue could have been easily avoided - Chief of pharmacology and toxology at Nationwide Children’s Hospital Marcel Casavant tells ABC...

“"The standard advice for anyone is to talk with your doctor about what your prescription is and what it is for," ... "Your pharmacist is supposed to offer counseling and it's a good idea to get it, especially if something doesn't look quite right. Double check, before you take it."”

As for Silva this is an event she won’t soon forget.

“For all this to happen now is really overwhelming to know that I have to come home and sit and wait.  Sorry’s not going to cut it, I’m going to have to deal with this for a long time.” (WPIV)

HLN
reports Safeway has since apologized for the mistake and offered to pay for all resulting medical expenses.
 

 

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Pregnant Woman Given Abortion Drug by Mistake

(Image Source: Lifesite)

 

BY MIRANDA WHEATLEY

 

You're watching multisource health news analysis from Newsy

 

It’s a tragic case of mistaken identity.  A Safeway pharmacy in Fort Lupton, Colorado, accidentally gave 6-week pregnant Mareena Silva the wrong prescription. Instead of her antibiotics Silva received methotrexate - a cancer drug that is sometimes used for early abortions.  

“She went home she took one she felt nauseated she checked the bottle, it wasn’t hers.  She got mixed up with a 59 year old woman with a similar name.” (Fox News)

Mareena Silva told KMGH Denver she soon realized something was wrong.

“I looked at the bottle and it wasn’t my name.
[Reporter] She called her doctor.
[Silva] My doctor immediately told me to try and make myself vomit to see if I could get the medicine to come back up.”


KMGH
says Silva was then rushed to the hospital where doctors gave her charcoal to absorb the remaining methotrexate from her body. Silva has since been sent home but Babble reports, the status of her unborn child is unknown and doctors say all she can do is wait.

“Luckily, doctors at Platte Valley Medical Center were able to prevent a miscarriage. But Silva and her unborn child are far from out of the woods. Doctors will continue to monitor her closely. Silva could, indeed, still have a perfectly healthy baby. But … she could also wind up giving birth to a baby with serious abnormalities and birth defects or even suffer a miscarriage.”

Many reports are referring to methotrexate as an abortion pill but OB/GYN Dr. Karen Ashby told AOL Health...

“It is not frequently given to women who want to end unwanted pregnancies … Usually we use it for tubal pregnancies and give it in shot form," … "That's not an abortion pill."”

Unfortunately many say this issue could have been easily avoided - Chief of pharmacology and toxology at Nationwide Children’s Hospital Marcel Casavant tells ABC...

“"The standard advice for anyone is to talk with your doctor about what your prescription is and what it is for," ... "Your pharmacist is supposed to offer counseling and it's a good idea to get it, especially if something doesn't look quite right. Double check, before you take it."”

As for Silva this is an event she won’t soon forget.

“For all this to happen now is really overwhelming to know that I have to come home and sit and wait.  Sorry’s not going to cut it, I’m going to have to deal with this for a long time.” (WPIV)

HLN
reports Safeway has since apologized for the mistake and offered to pay for all resulting medical expenses.
 

 

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