A pregnant teenager named Mareena Silva was mistakenly given an abortion drug and may lose her first baby. Silva, who is six weeks pregnant, went to a Safeway pharmacy in Ft. Lupton, Colorado to pick up an antibiotic, but was given methotrexate instead. Methotrexate is used in chemotherapy and to terminate early-stage pregnancies.
According to Mike Cohen, president of the Institute for Safe Medicine Practice, methotrexate mix-ups have caused 26 to 30 deaths in recent years. Safeway released a statement that said in part, "We have extended our sincere apologies to Ms. Silva and offered to pay any medical expenses incurred as a result of the prescription error." Unfortunately, no amount of money can save her baby.