Oregon Pharmacy Error Leads to Three Deaths

A Portland, Oregon pharmacy erroneously made a drug 10 times more potent than intended, killing three people who received it at an Oregon clinic in April 2007. A recent article in the  Northwest Florida Daily News  reported that ApotheCure Inc., a drug compounding pharmacy company in Texas, admitted that an employee made a weighing error in the creation of the drug colchicine. The improperly weighed drug was then sent to the Center for Integrative Medicine in Portland, where three people received injections of the defective batch to treat back pain and subsequently died between the end of March and beginning of April from toxic levels of the drug. The Food and Drug Administration is investigating this matter.

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