Woman waits to see if pill mix up harmed embryo - KMOV.com

Woman waits to see if pill mix up harmed embryo

AURORA, Colo. (AP) -- Safeway is apologizing for a mix-up where a pharmacist gave a Colorado woman a powerful drug used in chemotherapy instead of the antibiotic she was prescribed.

The pharmacy at a Safeway supermarket in Fort Lupton mistakenly gave Mareena Silva, who is six weeks pregnant, the drug methotrexate (meth-oh-TREHX'-ayt) last week. Doctors say the drug could affect the development of the heart, brain, limbs and cranial facial features. Methotrexate had been used in some abortions in the 1950s, but it was ineffective, and left fetuses with birth defects.

Safeway has apologized, saying policies and procedures meant to prevent medication errors were not adhered to, and it's offered to pay any medical expenses Silva incurs from the error.

But Silva tells a local TV station (KMGH), "Sorry is not going to cut it. I'm going to have to deal with this a long time."

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