If you read the story of my preemie twins, you will know that Macy had gallstones (yes, a 6 pound baby had gallstones). Back in 1994, Moctanin was the drug of choice for adults (not children, and especially not babies) to break up gallstones. Moctanin was to be administered slowly over time (again in ADULTS). Well, the nurse gave my daughter an adult dose with one push of a syringe! Macy coded. It took the doctors and residents over 45 minutes to revive her (I read this later in the hospital records). The doctors prepared us that Macy would probably not live through the night. When we saw her, she was gray and lifeless and bleeding out of every orifice (eyes, ears, drainage tubes, etc).
A million questions ran through my mind. Did the pharmacist that dispensed Moctanin warn the doctor and staff of Unsafe Drugs side effects? Why did they think an adult medicine would work on a baby? And why didn’t they decrease the dose? And why wasn’t it administered properly? And why was my least favorite resident (he wore a huge turban and spoke very poor English) assigned to Macy’s care?
Moctanin was eventually taken off the market, and Macy lived to tell her story, bless her heart!