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Pharmacy says it goofed in making drugs for horses
Associated Press ^ | April 23, 2009

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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1 posted on 04/23/2009 9:33:09 AM PDT by Free ThinkerNY
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Oh man is that ever going to cost them some serious green.


2 posted on 04/23/2009 9:34:17 AM PDT by mysterio
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Crack dealers take note, this may be your next big seller.


3 posted on 04/23/2009 9:34:51 AM PDT by BlueStateBlues (Blue State for business, Red State at heart.........2012--can't come soon enough.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
21 horses all died? That's definitely not a coincidence.

Better call in Obama. This is big stuff.

4 posted on 04/23/2009 9:34:54 AM PDT by the invisib1e hand
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Will probably be enough money from this screw up to float Venezuala for an entire day.


5 posted on 04/23/2009 9:35:13 AM PDT by Anitius Severinus Boethius
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To: Free ThinkerNY

I hope they have a MASSIVE insurance policy.


6 posted on 04/23/2009 9:35:20 AM PDT by Constitution Day
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Cha-ching. Would suck to be their inssurance company now.

Each one of those horses was $100,000 minimum per head.


7 posted on 04/23/2009 9:35:24 AM PDT by FreedomFerret
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To: Free ThinkerNY
Unbelievable.
8 posted on 04/23/2009 9:35:46 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Islam is a religion of peace, and Muslims reserve the right to kill anyone who says otherwise.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Oopsie!....my bad!


9 posted on 04/23/2009 9:38:01 AM PDT by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: Free ThinkerNY

I’m not too good with the metric system either. Dang decimal points....


10 posted on 04/23/2009 9:38:57 AM PDT by eureka! (Elections have consequences, boy howdy. *sigh*)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Idiots.


11 posted on 04/23/2009 9:39:02 AM PDT by phoenix07
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To: E. Pluribus Unum
Unbelievable.

That is was oopsie? Oh, yeah....

12 posted on 04/23/2009 9:39:10 AM PDT by mewzilla (In politics the middle way is none at all. John Adams)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

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.


13 posted on 04/23/2009 9:40:20 AM PDT by George from New England (escaped CT 2006; now living north of Tampa Bay)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

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.


14 posted on 04/23/2009 9:41:08 AM PDT by YankeeGirl
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To: Free ThinkerNY

All the horses were on the Lechuza Polo team. Caracas, Venezuela.


15 posted on 04/23/2009 9:41:56 AM PDT by FreedomFerret
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To: FreedomFerret
Cha-ching. Would suck to be their insurance company now.

Probably insured by AIG. ;>)

16 posted on 04/23/2009 9:42:03 AM PDT by SC DOC
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To: George from New England
WalMart tried to pass of a menopause drug that started with an "A" as my father's Aricept. Hurried pharmacists need to chill out a bit.

I ended up getting "sorry" calls all the way from Bentonville, Arkansas on that one.

17 posted on 04/23/2009 9:44:27 AM PDT by ErnBatavia (Impeach now!)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

That’s it. I am never going back to that pharmacy.


18 posted on 04/23/2009 9:45:25 AM PDT by Captain Jack Aubrey (There's not a moment to lose.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

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?


19 posted on 04/23/2009 9:46:12 AM PDT by Hodar (Who needs laws .... when this "feels" so right?)
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To: Anitius Severinus Boethius

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


20 posted on 04/23/2009 9:46:12 AM PDT by RC2 (FREEDOM)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

21 posted on 04/23/2009 9:48:48 AM PDT by al_c (Avoid the consequences of erudite vernacular utilized irrespective of necessity)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

oops


22 posted on 04/23/2009 9:48:52 AM PDT by al baby (Hi Mom)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Venezuela should know that it’s not healthy to criticize Obama. Maybe they’ll think twice next time.


23 posted on 04/23/2009 9:49:03 AM PDT by Joan Kerrey
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To: FreedomFerret
OK, if we had a Prez with balls?

“Cargill and the other companies that you “nationalized” cost us $XXX,XXX,XXX.00”

“Let's just deduct this cost from what you owe America”

24 posted on 04/23/2009 9:49:13 AM PDT by Kansas58
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To: Free ThinkerNY
Goofed?

GOOFED!?!?!?!?

25 posted on 04/23/2009 9:49:46 AM PDT by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: FreedomFerret

The report I heard was a total loss of $2.5-3.5MM. What a shame for all involved.


26 posted on 04/23/2009 9:50:22 AM PDT by ReleaseTheHounds ("The demagogue is one who preaches doctrines he knows to be untrue to men he knows to be idiots.")
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To: RC2

or $25,000 per quarter


27 posted on 04/23/2009 9:51:42 AM PDT by dhm914
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To: George from New England

I had a service company that serviced Albertsons Grocery Stores.
A pharmacy at one of the stores I dealt with gave an old lady the wrong script and it killed her.
Family settled out of court for a couple million.


28 posted on 04/23/2009 9:51:43 AM PDT by Joe Boucher (yEP,i)
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To: George from New England

Just wait till 17 year old girls start buying Plan B over the counter,
with no knowledge of their medical history required, and taking it like
candy!


29 posted on 04/23/2009 9:51:45 AM PDT by Lesforlife
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To: RC2

I realize horses require larger doses than people but it’s hard to imagine overdosing a horse without realizing they were dispensing a whole lot of meds. I wonder what they all needed medicated for.


30 posted on 04/23/2009 9:52:56 AM PDT by CindyDawg
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To: Joe Boucher

The script should have a print out with a number and description of the pill. I try to check it.


31 posted on 04/23/2009 9:54:47 AM PDT by CindyDawg
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To: Free ThinkerNY

That is one dead pharmacy walking.


32 posted on 04/23/2009 9:54:52 AM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: CindyDawg

From what I understand it wasn’t the amount. It was the wrong mixture. Not sure what they were being medicated for. Could have something to do with the different type of feed here in the States. Horses don’t like their diets changed.


33 posted on 04/23/2009 9:54:59 AM PDT by RC2 (FREEDOM)
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To: mysterio

Franck’s Pharmacy is probably grateful this wasn’t people that died from their mistake.


34 posted on 04/23/2009 9:56:31 AM PDT by My hearts in London - Everett (There is a demand today for men who can make wrong appear right. Terrence, c. 160 B.C.)
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To: Lesforlife

“Just wait till 17 year old girls start buying Plan B ...”

Oh, I won’t know about that, that’s part of the law you know. What I don’t know can’t hurt me -—libs

/sarcasm


35 posted on 04/23/2009 9:57:12 AM PDT by George from New England (escaped CT 2006; now living north of Tampa Bay)
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To: My hearts in London - Everett

Franck’s insurance company is probably more grateful.


36 posted on 04/23/2009 9:57:44 AM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

How do you spell LAW SUIT?!


37 posted on 04/23/2009 10:00:07 AM PDT by MrLee (Sha'alu Shalom Yerushalyim!! God bless Eretz Israel.)
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from Fla Sun-Sentinel:

Lechuza also issued a statement to AP acknowledging that a Florida veterinarian wrote the prescription for the pharmacy to create a compound similar to Biodyl, a French-made supplement that includes vitamins and minerals and is not approved for use in the United States.

“Only horses treated with the compound became sick and died within 3 hours of treatment,” Lechuza said in the statement. “Other horses that were not treated remain healthy and normal.”

Lechuza also said it was cooperating with authorities that include the State Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office.


38 posted on 04/23/2009 10:15:36 AM PDT by Rio (Don't make me come over there....)
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To: Rio

From Yahoo news:

FDA spokeswoman Siobhan DeLancey said compounding pharmacies are legal, but they are not allowed by law to recreate existing drugs or supplements under patent or to recreate any drugs not approved for use in the U.S., such as Biodyl.

The FDA refused to approve Biodyl for use in the U.S. in October 2008, saying it appeared “to be a new animal drug which is unsafe.”

A pharmacy could face criminal charges if it made the supplement, DeLancey said.

The law does not, however, prohibit veterinarians from purchasing and administering each supplement separately.


39 posted on 04/23/2009 10:18:22 AM PDT by Rio (Don't make me come over there....)
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...hard to imagine overdosing a horse.... - A different article said the script was for vitamins and selenium. I suspect selenium poisoning. Wouldn't take much - milligrams instead of micrograms. What a horrible story.
40 posted on 04/23/2009 10:50:36 AM PDT by bobsatwork
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To: CindyDawg

CindyDawg
Your story is great.

Was an error by pharmacist himself.
Yes and that is what should have happened.
He said he’d been working too many hours and was tired.
He soon after retired.


41 posted on 04/23/2009 11:31:13 AM PDT by Joe Boucher (yEP,i)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

As I mentioned on another thread, I think there might have been a problem with the sodium selenite (which is not a good form of selenium for man or beast).


42 posted on 04/23/2009 11:35:30 AM PDT by my_pointy_head_is_sharp (We're living in the Dark Ages.)
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To: ErnBatavia
WalMart tried to pass of a menopause drug that started with an "A" as my father's Aricept. Hurried pharmacists need to chill out a bit.

I ended up getting "sorry" calls all the way from Bentonville, Arkansas on that one.

Costco tripled the proper dose of a prescription I was taking. I started feeling very ill over a period of a couple of weeks. Finally I knew something must be wrong and looked up the proper dose myself on the Internet.

I suppose I could have made a much bigger deal out of it but all I ended up asking for was a few months of free medicine which was not expensive anyway. They blamed it on the doctor's handwriting. I noticed the pharmacist's hands were shaking as she spoke with me.

43 posted on 04/23/2009 11:43:50 AM PDT by wideminded
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To: Joe Boucher
It sounded like a small chain or single store. For people RXs that do this, they probably like animals. I doubt that they made a lot of money. He sounds understandably, really shook up.
44 posted on 04/23/2009 12:33:55 PM PDT by CindyDawg
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To: RC2

Why would all 21 need the same drug anyway?


45 posted on 04/23/2009 12:37:13 PM PDT by Conservativegreatgrandma (When the righteous rule, the people rejoice; when the wicked rule the people mourn. Proverbs 29;2)
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To: Conservativegreatgrandma

As I said, it could have something to do with the type of feed here compared to the feed in their country. It could have been a supplement.


46 posted on 04/23/2009 1:19:13 PM PDT by RC2 (FREEDOM)
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To: ArrogantBustard

I waas pretty startled when I first saw that headline earlier today. It was quickly revised by AP to something more respectable, but not before the “Goofed” version had fanned out across cyberspace. I suspect the headline writer has been demoted to some safer position, like punctuation checker.


47 posted on 04/23/2009 1:31:42 PM PDT by GovernmentShrinker
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To: Free ThinkerNY

I don’t think I believe this. I think the horses were poisoned.


48 posted on 04/23/2009 1:33:21 PM PDT by Judith Anne
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To: CindyDawg

It’s a routine supplement — B12, selenium, potassium, and magnesium — all stuff that any 10 year old can buy off the supplement shelf at any drugstore. Math matters. Most substances can kill in large enough quantities, even water. I suspect the selenium in this case, because potassium toxicity is so well-known (plenty of human deaths from potassium overdoses in hospitals) and the amount of potassium it would take to kill a horse would be massive. And potassium would probably have killed faster if it was going to at all — it’s commonly used for deliberate lethal injections.

I bumped into a story about a 75 year old Australian man who read on the internet that selenium might prevent prostate cancer, purchase bulk sodium selenite powder (the form of selenium in the brand-name product that was supposedly copied for these horses), took 100,000 times the safe dose (he took 10 grams), and died 6 hours later despite intensive medical treatment. That sounds like about the same time frame as these horses, who had reportedly been given the supplement earlier the same day.


49 posted on 04/23/2009 1:40:10 PM PDT by GovernmentShrinker
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To: bobsatwork

Grams, instead of milligrams in this case (microgram doses of selenium are for humans).

Each 100 ml of Biodyl contains:
Cyanocobalamin (Vitamin B12)..........0.05 g
Sodium selenite................................. 100 mg
Potassium aspartate semihydrate ..... 1.000 g
Magnesium aspartate tetrahydrate..... 1.500 g
Excipient q.s. .................................. 100 ml


50 posted on 04/23/2009 1:45:46 PM PDT by GovernmentShrinker
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