FT. LUPTON, Colo. — She is six weeks pregnant and when she went to the pharmacy to pick up an antibiotic her doctor had prescribed, the pharmacist gave her an abortion drug by mistake.
Mareena Silva might lose her unborn child because of the prescription drug error, which occurred last Thursday.
“I took it because I thought it was mine,” Silva said
Silva said the pharmacist at the Ft. Lupton Safeway gave her the prescription of methotrexate. Methotrexate is used in chemotherapy regimens to treat cancer, but it is also used to terminate early-stage pregnancies.
After she took it, Silva was nauseated.
“I came back and I looked at the bottle and it wasn’t my name,” she said.
The methotrexate was intended for a 59-year-old woman with the exact same last name as Silva’s and a similar first name.
“My doctor immediately told me to try and make myself vomit to see if I could get the medicine to come back up,” Silva said.