Actor Dennis Quaid is not giving up his legal fight against Baxter Healthcare Corp over an accidental overdose of the blood-thinner Heparin that nearly claimed the lives of his newborn twins. He has filed a second negligence lawsuit.
Dennis Quaid is suing the pharmaceutical company for unspecified damages and alleges that packaging caused the drug mix up and the overdose, Reuters reports.
The lawsuit claims that heparin and a lower-dose version called Hep-Lock, have similar packaging in blue vials with small print on the labels.
Furthermore, Quaid's complaint says that the company should have recalled the 10,000 unit vials of Heparin and warned medical providers that similar mistakes with the drug mix up had happened previously.
The law of negligence requires that persons conduct themselves in a manner that conforms to certain standards of conduct.
Negligence generally consists of five elements, including the following:
Quaid, 56, and his wife Kimberly Buffington had twins Zoe Grace and Thomas Boone via a surrogate in November 2007.
The couple was given 10,000 unit vials of Heparin instead of 10 units of the Hep-Lock prescribed to treat an infection for their newborns.
As a result, the twins were in intensive care in a Los Angeles hospital after the accidental overdose 10 days after their birth.