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CVS gave cancer meds to kids, not fluoride


Pharmacy mix-up may not harm kids

Children who may have taken breast cancer treatment medication mistakenly distributed by a New Jersey pharmacy instead of prescribed fluoride pills likely won't suffer any health problems, Daniel Hussar, a professor with the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy at the University of the Sciences, said Saturday.

CVS Caremark officials said only a few children ingested pills for breast cancer treatment that they mistakenly received, and company investigators are still working to determine how and why the errors occurred at the pharmacy in Chatham. The pharmacy has acknowledged improperly dispensing Tamoxifen instead of chewable fluoride tablets to children in as many as 50 families between Dec. 1 and Feb. 20.

CVS said it had spoken with or left messages for every family whose child was dispensed a 0.5 mg fluoride prescription from its Chatham location within the past 60 days. The company issued a statement Friday that said it was "deeply sorry for the mistake that occurred," although it did not explain how the mistake happened.


Student killed in shooting mourned

Hundreds of people stood shoulder to shoulder along the street on a cold, windy Saturday morning to honor one of three teenagers killed in a high school shooting. The service for Daniel Parmertor, 16, was the first of the three funerals. Services for Demetrius Hewlin, 16, and Russell King Jr., 17, will be held next week. Parmertor's family said they planned to bury him with his first paycheck — still unopened — from his new job at a bowling alley, the Plain Dealer reported. Those honoring the teen wore the school's colors of red and black and huddled in hoods, knit hats and blankets. They held U.S. flags and signs featuring red hearts and saying "We are One Heartbeat." T.J. Lane, 17, is accused of aggravated murder, attempted aggravated murder and felonious assault. His next hearing is Tuesday.


Muslims, officials discuss surveillance

Muslim leaders said New Jersey's attorney general stopped short of promising a formal investigation into New York Police Department surveillance operations in the state during a meeting they characterized as a positive first step. Leaders from different New Jersey Muslim organizations met with Attorney General Jeffrey Chiesa and state and federal law enforcement officials for nearly three hours in Trenton on Saturday to demand a full accounting of the NYPD's activities in the state. Participants in the private meeting said Chiesa is reviewing what legal jurisdiction he and other New Jersey officials have over NYPD activities in the state before taking any official action.

TEMPE, Ariz.

Police: 14 hurt in shooting at club

Police made an arrest and were looking for two other suspects after a shootout in a large crowd outside a nightclub left more than a dozen people wounded, with the injured screaming for help and hundreds trying to flee. The number of people confirmed to have been wounded in the late-Friday shooting in the Phoenix suburb of Tempe rose to 14 after a person went to a hospital Saturday with a gunshot wound to the foot, police spokesman Lt. Mike Horn said. None had life-threatening injuries. The man in custody is one of three who opened fire after they began arguing as at least 250 people lined up for a hip-hop show, Horn said.


Requests swamp euthanasia clinics

Dutch mobile euthanasia clinics that began offering assisted death in people's homes last week received nearly 60 requests within their two first days of operation, Dutch daily De Volkskrant reported Saturday. On Thursday, six mobile Levenseinde (Life End) units went into operation around the Netherlands, where euthanasia has been legal since 2002. Petra de Jong, director of the Dutch right-to-die foundation NVVE which runs the mobile service, told De Volkskrant that patients were "grateful." The six teams of doctors and nurses provided assisted deaths, either by lethal injection or by administering a lethal cocktail of drugs, to patients whose own doctors have refused to help them die. "Some of them start crying on the phone," De Jong said. "They seemed happy that, finally, someone is listening to them," she said. In 2002, the Netherlands became the first country in the world to allow regulated euthanasia, and doctors can terminate the lives of seriously ill patients who express a wish to die, without fear of prosecution.


Poland: Two trains collided head-on near Szczekociny in southern Poland late Saturday, killing at least eight people and injuring around 50 in what appears to be one of the worst rail disasters in the country in recent years, officials said.

Myanmar: Aung San Suu Kyi, the leader of Myanmar's democracy movement, fell ill during a campaign rally on Saturday, cutting short a speech to a large and enthusiastic crowd at a field on the outskirts of Mandalay. She resumed her speech after an eight-minute break, but kept her remarks brief.

Greece: Police in Greece said they made 35 arrests in several locations in the north and center of the country, recovering a trove of stolen antiquities, mostly ancient coins.

Times wires

CVS gave cancer meds to kids, not fluoride 03/03/12 [Last modified: Saturday, March 3, 2012 9:55pm]
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