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Safeway offers to pay medical expenses

FORT LUPTON, Colo. (AP) — A Colorado woman who is six weeks pregnant says a pharmacist at a grocery store mistakenly gave her an abortion drug instead of an antibiotic and now she fears she will lose her unborn child.

Mareena Silva tells Denver’s KMGH-TV that the pharmacist at the Safeway in Fort Lupton gave her methotrexate last week. The drug, intended for another woman, is used in chemotherapy and to terminate early-stage pregnancies.

Silva says she took a pill and checked the bottle after becoming sick. She was rushed to the hospital.

Doctors say Silva could miscarry or have a baby with birth defects.

A woman at Silva’s apartment Tuesday said she’s not talking to the media.

Safeway says it has apologized to Silva and will pay medical expenses resulting from the mistake.

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Comments (2)
  1. Buck says:

    They better get ready to pay all sorts of bills and care packages caregivers and what not if any birth defects. Definitely not a one time payment.

  2. No Excuse says:

    If the baby does not live the person that gave out the drug should be charged
    with involuntary manslaughter.
    Get ready to pay out BIG BUCKS Safeway !!!!

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