Nathan (rabid_chemist) wrote in innumeracy,
Nathan
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Good heavens

Two-month old infant with pneumonia prescribed .2 mL of carbaxafed. Dropper has fractions (1/4 mL, 1/2 mL, 3/4 mL, 1 mL). Confused parents overdose infant with 2 mL.

The news story also points out that carbaxafed isn't approved by the FDA, which is a bit misleading because it was approved at the time of the overdose (1 1/2 years ago). The FDA tightened standards a year ago, and carbaxafed was cut. The parents are also blaming the language barrier, which makes me wonder what "0.2 mL" looks like in Spanish.
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