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Family: Death from drug allergy was preventable
November 29, 2007 6:52 PM

The family of a Temple Hills woman who suffocated after receiving an antibiotic at a Kaiser Permanente facility has filed a claim against her doctor and health plan, alleging they failed to recognize and treat her allergic reaction to the drug.

....... Lodowski said the case is the worst his medical expert has seen in 20 years.

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Wed, Nov. 02, 2005
Medical mistake may have killed man By Julie Sevrens Lyons Mercury News
A 21-year-old San Jose man underwent chemotherapy in August hoping it might cure his lymphoma. Instead, it may have killed him -- as human error at Kaiser Permanente's Santa Teresa Medical Center led to the man being injected with the wrong medication, state investigators have found.
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Nov. 04, 2005 
In July, a 12-year-old girl hospitalized at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center-Santa Clara was mistakenly given a double dose of epinephrine, which speeds up the heart rate, state records show.

Josephine Frances Hart, a San Jose resident who loved to play with marbles, died July 26, the same day of the error. Her official cause of death is still being investigated by the county coroner's office, but state health investigators determined that a nurse failed to check the medication label.
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MARY H. NICHOLS OPINION v.  Record No. 981388 April 16, 1999
In this action for damages, the plaintiff alleged that while being seen by a Kaiser physician in April 1995 for respiratory disease she was given a prescription for medrol, a steroid medication. The plaintiff further alleged that the prescription was filled at Kaiser's pharmacy at Falls Church and refilled at Kaiser's pharmacy at Reston during that month.  She also alleged that, without her knowledge, the pharmacies negligently provided the wrong medication, namely dexamethasone, a steroid five times more potent than medrol. The plaintiff further alleged that in May 1995 she discontinued taking the wrong medication and resumed taking the correct medication.  Thereafter, plaintiff alleged, she was treated by Kaiser's physicians in an effort to relieve the pronounced side effects she suffered from taking the wrong medication.

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