Dennis Quaid and his wife, Kimberly, speak to 60 Minutes correspondent Steve Kroft on the topic of medical errors and give a detailed account of the medical mistakes that nearly killed their twins.
Quaid twins Thomas Boone and Zoe Grace were given a massive drug overdose of heparin last November at Cedars-Sinai hospital in Los Angeles and nearly died.
"They happen in every hospital in every state in this country and…I've come to find out, there's 100,000 people a year killed...in hospitals by medical mistakes," he tells Kroft. "It’s bigger than AIDS. It’s bigger than breast cancer. It’s bigger than automobile accidents and yet, no one seems to be really aware of the problem," says Quaid.
The broadcast also included an interview with USP regarding data on medication errors, many of which are being linked back to pharmacy technicians. NPTA, which is a member of USP, continues to fight for mandatory regulations on pharmacy technician education, certification and registration. NPTA has also be in communication with Dennis Quaid's publicist.
"NPTA's stance remains that a single medication error is one too many, whether it be caused by ineffective manufacturer labeling or human errors caused by pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, nurses or physicians," explained Mike Johnston, CPhT, Chairman/CEO of NPTA.
In addition to suing Baxter, Quaid is setting up a foundation that will look for remedies to human medical error. "We all have this inherent thing that we trust doctors and nurses, that they know what they're doing. This mistake occurred right under our noses…the nurse didn't bother to look at the dosage on the bottle," he says. "It was avoidable, completely avoidable."