Quaids Sue Drug Company Over Newborn Twins' Overdose


Dennis Quaid's newborn twins are the catalyst behind a lawsuit suing a drug company.

The actor and his wife Kimberly, whose babies were born on Nov. 8, have filed a lawsuit against the Baxter Healthcare Corporation, manufacturer of the drug Heparin, report news sources. The suit claimes that the company's failure to properly label vials of the product led to the nearly fatal overdose of the anti-coagulant to his twins.

The twins -- Thomas Boone and Zoe Grace -- were accidentally given a massive overdose of heparin, 1,000 times the planned dosage -- twice on Nov. 18. After being given something to reverse the effects of the drug, the babies were hospitalized at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. The twins "suffered and will continue to suffer injuries" from the accident, the suit alleges. In a statement to the press, however, the Quaids' lawyer Susan E. Loggans says the twins are home, smiling and "fully recovered from the accident, and it's doubtful they'll suffer long-term effects from the overdose."

The lawsuit, filed in Cook County, Ill. on Tuesday, Dec. 4, claims that Baxter Healthcare knew of previous dosage mixups, but didn't recall shipments of the drug or warn hospitals of the situation. The Quaids are seeking $50,000 in damages.

Erin Gardiner, a spokesperson for Baxter, wouldn't comment on the lawsuit, but stated, "This is not a product issue, the issue here is improper use of a product ... Baxter strives to clearly differentiate products and dosages, but no amount of differentiation will replace the value of clinicians carefully reading and reviewing a drug name and dose."

The twins, the Quaids' biological offspring, were born via a gestational carrier, aka a surrogate mother.

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