Actor Dennis Quaid and his wife, Kimberly, filed a lawsuit today against Baxter Healthcare Corp.—the makers of herapin, a blood thinning medication over-administered to the couple’s newborn twins. In what is billed a “product liability lawsuit,” filed in Baxter’s home state of Illinois, the family asks for over $50,000 in damages. According to Susan Loggans, the family’s lawyer, the twins are now at home and seem to be in good health. “The Quaids are a religious family, and they really believe the prayers of the public saved their kids,” Ms. Loggans added.
The medical mishap occurred on Nov. 18 at L.A.’s Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. The drug manufacturer is to blame for the nightmare, they claim, because its packaging makes it difficult to differentiate between unlike doses. The suit also points to three Indianapolis children killed last year after being given too large a dose. Despite all of the recent disasters involving herapin, Baxter Healthcare has not yet recalled the drug for repackaging.
“The point of this case is to save other children from this fate. They’re not looking for money,” said Ms. Loggans.