Skip to comments.Pharmacy says it goofed in making drugs for horses
Posted on 04/23/2009 9:33:09 AM PDT by Free ThinkerNY
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) - A Florida pharmacy has told The Associated Press it incorrectly prepared a medication for 21 polo horses that died over the weekend while preparing to play in a championship match.
Jennifer Beckett of Franck's Pharmacy in Ocala, Fla., told the AP in a statement the business conducted in internal investigation that found "the strength of an ingredient in the medication was incorrect.
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Oh man is that ever going to cost them some serious green.
Crack dealers take note, this may be your next big seller.
Better call in Obama. This is big stuff.
Will probably be enough money from this screw up to float Venezuala for an entire day.
I hope they have a MASSIVE insurance policy.
Cha-ching. Would suck to be their inssurance company now.
Each one of those horses was $100,000 minimum per head.
I’m not too good with the metric system either. Dang decimal points....
That is was oopsie? Oh, yeah....
Maybe a mcg/mg mistake. Microgram vs. Milligram. That is a 1,000 dosage difference if that happened.
Speaking of pharmacy mistakes. About 15 years ago, RiteAid was giving my wife a birth control prescription for someone else when she was supposed to be getting a pre-natal vitamin subscription filled. Could have proved fatal to the unborn. To the state of CT that followed up, no big deal, nothing was done.
Needless to say we never went into any riteaid again.
How sad. I think I saw that the horses were insured, though not for all that much. So I guess the owner will be compensated. Still, must be awful for those who worked with them and took care of them.
If the “goof” caused the death of the animals I’m sure the pharmacy will be paying dearly. Wonder if it was part of a pattern of carelessness, or unfamiliarity with the doses used for veterinary purposes.
All the horses were on the Lechuza Polo team. Caracas, Venezuela.
Probably insured by AIG. ;>)
I ended up getting "sorry" calls all the way from Bentonville, Arkansas on that one.
That’s it. I am never going back to that pharmacy.
They botched the level of medication enough to KILL not one horse, but 21 horses? This isn’t a random goof, this was a goof of alarming proportions.
Even if they were mixing this medication in one huge bucket, the level went from benefitial, to harmful, to lethal. How, other than complete incompetence and recklessness does one muster a mistake of this magnitude?
I grew up on a farm, we administered medicine to animals on a routine basis. Ask any farmer, the routine is far more common and expensive than they would like.
You buy 100cc quantity of a medicine. You know that this $$$ medicine will provide 20 doses (at 5 cc per dose). If you take enough for 10 doses, and you use more than half the bottle - something is wrong. You can SEE that the bottle is less than half full, so either you didn’t inventory your product (incompetence) or you are not keeping track of how you are using this (recklessness).
If a farmer does this, wouldn’t you expect a Pharmacy, ran by people with degrees in counting pills be able to manage this?
I own Quarter Horses......you would be amazed at how much these horses will be worth.....especially since they died at someone elses hand. If they were worth $10,000 apiece before they died, now they could be worth $100,000 apiece