OTC Medication Errors Dangerous

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Pediatric medication errors can be some of the most heart-wrenching and deadly, report Louisville medical malpractice attorneys. Just recently pediatric medication errors have been reported by parents using over-the-counter teething pain products.  

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is warning against the use of benzocaine products for children, including: 

  • Anbesol;
  • Orajel;
  • Baby Orajel;
  • Orabase; and
  • Hurricane. 


These products have been related to a deadly condition known as methemoglobinemia that significantly reduces the amount of oxygen carried in the bloodstream. 

Preventing Pediatric Medication Errors 

Although the benzocaine cases involve an over-the-counter drug, many pediatric medication errors result from prescription medicines. 

Ways to prevent your child from becoming a victim of pediatric medication errors are to: 

  • frequent a doctor you know and trust;
  • ask questions until you fully understand what medicine is being prescribed to your child and the specific on dosages; and
  • keep a detailed list of your child’s medications. 


Medication errors are three times more likely to harm infants and children than adults. If you suspect your child has fallen victim to a pediatric medication error in Louisville, a medical malpractice attorney may be able to help. 

Talk to a Louisville Medical Malpractice Attorney 

Medication errors are dangerous and can quickly become deadly when dispense to a child. The Louisville medical malpractice attorneys at Gray and White Law are experienced in investigating pediatric medication errors and will take legal action when necessary to protect you and your child. Give us a call today at 1-888-450-4456.