Entries in Pharmacy (7)


NJ CVS Accidentally Gives Children Cancer Medication

Comstock/Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(CHATHAM, N.J.) -- A pharmacy mix up caused several New Jersey residents to mistakenly give their children breast cancer medication, according to published reports.

Children from as many as 50 northern New Jersey families were accidentally prescribed breast cancer pills between Dec. 20, 2011 and Feb. 20 after CVS pharmacy mixed up 0.5-mg fluoride tablets with 20-mg tamoxifen tablets.

Both pills are small, round and white, but the fluoride pills are stamped "SCI" and "1007,"while the tamoxifen pills are imprinted with "M" and "247." The more serious side effects of tamoxifen include blood clots, strokes and cataracts, though it is unlikely that any of the children would experience harmful side effects, according to medical experts.

No injuries or illness have been reported, according to CVS.

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New York Pharmacy Shootout Leaves Suspect, ATF Agent Dead

Giorgio Fochesato/Vetta/Getty Images(SEAFORD, N.Y.) -- A shootout at a suburban New York family pharmacy left a suspected robber and an off-duty federal agent dead in a confused shootout that took place as the robber fled, authorities said.

Charlie's Pharmacy in Seaford, Long Island, N.Y. was held up by a man seeking prescription medication and cash this afternoon.

As the suspect fled he was confronted by three people - two off-duty law enforcement officers and a retired law enforcment officer, officials said.

A shootout ensued and the suspect was killed.

John Capano, a 23-year veteran with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives was also killed.

Capano was an explosives expert with multiple tours in Afghanistan and Iraq training soldiers to defuse IEDs, federal authorities said.

According to early accounts, it appeared that Capono shot the suspect – who was believed to be armed as he fled the drug store--a family business for several generations, local cops said. Then Capano himself was shot and killed by an off duty officer.

"Both guys on the floor. Blood all over the place and apparently one guy was dead and drugs were laying all over the floor," eyewitness Matthew Hipp told ABC News New York station WABC.

Authorities are investigating the crime scene to determine the exact timeline of events.

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NYC Doctor Arrested, Linked to 10 Pain Medication ODs

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A doctor linked to ten people who died of prescription pain medication overdoses, including David Laffer -- the man who gunned down four people in a Long Island pharmacy in his desperate quest for pain medication -- was arrested over the weekend on charges linked to one of the deaths, sources told ABC News.

Dr. Stan Xuhui Li, is known to have treated Laffer until about a month before the violent June robbery at Haven Pharmacy in Medford, N.Y., that left four people dead.

The arrest was made Saturday at the doctor's clinic, Medical Pain Management, in Flushing, N.Y.

Authorities say that the investigation is ongoing.

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Suspect in New York Pharmacy Murders Pleads Not Guilty

John Foxx/Stockbyte/Thinkstock(MEDFORD, N.Y.) -- The man accused of slaying four people execution-style during a prescription drug robbery at a New York pharmacy this past weekend pleaded not guilty in court Thursday, ABC News New York affiliate WABC-TV reports.

David Laffer, 33, allegedly shot two employees and two customers at Haven Drugs in the Medford section of Long Island Sunday morning.  He is charged with four counts of first-degree murder and resisting arrest.

Authorities believe Laffer committed the crimes to feed his drug addiction.

He and his wife, 29-year-old Melinda Brady, were arrested at their home on Wednesday.  Brady is charged with robbery and obstructing governmental administration.  She allegedly drove her husband to the pharmacy.

According to WABC-TV, Brady was admitted to a hospital Thursday for reasons unknown.  It is not yet known when she will be arraigned.

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Suspect Arrested in New York Pharmacy Murder

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A suspect has been arrested and taken into custody in connection with the execution-style slaying of four people during a prescription drug robbery at a pharmacy in Suffolk County, New York on Sunday.

The suspect is being questioned by police.

No charges have yet been filed.

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Four People Shot and Killed Execution Style in NY Pharmacy

Thinkstock/Getty Images(MEDFORD, N.Y.) -- Gunfire erupted Sunday morning during an apparent robbery at a pharmacy in New York, and when it was all over, four people were left dead, according to police.

The deadly shooting reportedly happened around 10:20 a.m. at Haven Drugs, which is located in the Medford section of Long Island. Among those killed were two employees and two customers who were in the pharmacy at the time, according to ABC’s New York Station WABC-TV.

Authorities say all of the victims were shot and killed execution style.

No arrests were immediately made in the incident.

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Pharmacy Mistakenly Gives Morning-After Pill to Pregnant Woman

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(FORT UPTON, Colo.) -- A pregnant woman might lose her unborn child because of a pharmacy mistake.  A Safeway pharmacy mistakenly gave Maureen Silva the chemotherapy drug, methotrexate, that is also used to terminate early-stage pregnancies.  The drug was meant for a 59-year-old woman with the same last name as Silva and a similar first name.

Silva, who is six weeks pregnant with her first child, could miscarry, carry the child to full term with severe birth defects or she could have a happy, healthy baby.

After an apology from Safeway, Silva said that "sorry" is not going to cut it.

"My baby could have deformities. There's a lot that goes with it," Silva told ABC News.  "I'm going to have to deal with this for a long time."

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