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March 2012 Archives

Depression medications may risk health of newborns

New Jersey residents will be interested to hear of a woman who was faced with the choice of whether or not to continue taking anti-depression medication after learning that she was pregnant with twins. She had a prescription for Zoloft, and if she stopped taking the drug, she felt she would have an especially difficult time dealing with the pregnancy. Knowing how bad her depression could be, she also feared she wouldn't be able to properly care for her newborns if she stopped taking the medication.

69-year-old pedestrian injured in Moorestown hit-and-run

An elderly Moorestown man was recently the victim of a hit-and-run accident as he tried to cross Main Street. The hit-and-run happened shortly after sundown on March 16. Responders on the scene transported the 69-year-old to Kennedy University Hospital in Cherry Hill for treatment. He was later taken to Cooper University Hospital, where he was said to be in stable condition.

Pharmacists or physicians -- who is watching the drugs?

Readers in the Mt. Laurel area know that a medication error can have deadly consequences. A wrong dosage could either cause an overdose or fail to treat an illness, and an incorrect prescription could cause a fatal allergic reaction. Incorrect record keeping or other error could also lead to the prescription of a drug that could interact in dangerous ways with another drug.

Second child dies in care of New Jersey dentist

A mother in New Jersey took her 3-year-old son to a dentist for a routine procedure. The boy was placed in a kind of papoose to restrain him while he was given a local anesthetic and his cavities were filled. But according to the mother, the little boy's body went limp, and his lips turned blue. He had stopped breathing. The child was later pronounced dead at a New Jersey hospital, and the dentist who gave the little boy anesthetic is now under investigation for medical negligence.

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