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Oops! Mom sues pharmaceutical firm for cost of raising daughter after mislabeled birth control pills

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A single mom is suing a pharmaceutical firm for the cost of raising her daughter after a packaging error allowed her to become pregnant.

Shanta Russell, 33, is demanding compensation from Qualitest Pharmaceuticals after the firm admitted her birth control pills had been put in the wrong order in the blister pack.

Placebo pills, to be taken when a woman has her period, were placed in the packs where active pills should have been.

This rendered Russell's contraceptives, which she had been taking for more than 12 years, ineffective.

The Kansas City native found out she was pregnant in June 2011.

Three months later she received a letter from Qualitest informing her of the mix-up.

She gave birth to her baby girl in early 2012, and filed the lawsuit in Jackson County Circuit Court on Feb. 6.

Qualitest's parent firm and the company that packaged the drugs are also being sued.

The Kansas City Star reports Russell, a self-confessed workaholic, had not intended to become pregnant so soon as she was working two jobs.

"I was devastated," Russell told The Star.

"I questioned myself. After all these years, how could this happen? Then I received a letter in the mail. Of course I was angry. There was nothing I did that was a mistake."

But she also revealed that she "adored" her little girl, saying that she now "can't live without her"

Endo Pharmaceuticals, Qualitest's parent company, has refused to comment on the case.

It is also facing similar lawsuits from women in California, Tennessee, Texas and Georgia.


by on Feb. 20, 2013 at 12:03 PM
Replies (21-30):
talia-mom
by Gold Member on Feb. 20, 2013 at 1:27 PM

Great message for the "loved child."

mikiemom
by Ruby Member on Feb. 20, 2013 at 1:29 PM

 How could she not win, this was clearly an error on the companies part.


Quoting mlg1989:

Uh....seriously?
She can't possibly win..


 

catrig
by Member on Feb. 20, 2013 at 1:29 PM
No, but their mistake enabled her to get pregnant. She was taking them as directed.


Quoting pansyprincess:

Ridiculous.  Fine if they want to give her some sort of compensation ... but the cost of raising her daughter?  No one said she had to have it. 


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PinkButterfly66
by Silver Member on Feb. 20, 2013 at 1:32 PM

She didn't notice that the pill pack looked different?  

talia-mom
by Gold Member on Feb. 20, 2013 at 1:32 PM

No one forced her to raise the child.   No one.

She made the choice to keep and raise the child.

Maybe making them pay for pregnancy bills or abortion bills is fine.  But she made a choice to raise the child.   They aren't responsible for that choice.


Quoting mikiemom:

 How could she not win, this was clearly an error on the companies part.


Quoting mlg1989:

Uh....seriously?
She can't possibly win..





talia-mom
by Gold Member on Feb. 20, 2013 at 1:33 PM

No one made her carry the child to term or decide to raise it.


Quoting catrig:

No, but their mistake enabled her to get pregnant. She was taking them as directed.


Quoting pansyprincess:

Ridiculous.  Fine if they want to give her some sort of compensation ... but the cost of raising her daughter?  No one said she had to have it. 




pansyprincess
by Silver Member on Feb. 20, 2013 at 1:33 PM

 Fine ... so she was sue happy and decided to sue.  Cause she has a child she obviously wanted.  Cause if she didn't want her, she could have had an abortion for $300.  But I guess she didn't feel like that was enough money to ask for?  Now she wants someone else to pay for her raising her child?  It's all crap.

 


Quoting catrig:

No, but their mistake enabled her to get pregnant. She was taking them as directed.


Quoting pansyprincess:

Ridiculous.  Fine if they want to give her some sort of compensation ... but the cost of raising her daughter?  No one said she had to have it. 



 

catrig
by Member on Feb. 20, 2013 at 1:34 PM
Company's fault. They should pay.


Quoting talia-mom:

No one made her carry the child to term or decide to raise it.



Quoting catrig:

No, but their mistake enabled her to get pregnant. She was taking them as directed.





Quoting pansyprincess:

Ridiculous.  Fine if they want to give her some sort of compensation ... but the cost of raising her daughter?  No one said she had to have it. 







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catrig
by Member on Feb. 20, 2013 at 1:35 PM
Or...... The company could have done their job.


Quoting pansyprincess:

 Fine ... so she was sue happy and decided to sue.  Cause she has a child she obviously wanted.  Cause if she didn't want her, she could have had an abortion for $300.  But I guess she didn't feel like that was enough money to ask for?  Now she wants someone else to pay for her raising her child?  It's all crap.


 




Quoting catrig:

No, but their mistake enabled her to get pregnant. She was taking them as directed.



Quoting pansyprincess:


Ridiculous.  Fine if they want to give her some sort of compensation ... but the cost of raising her daughter?  No one said she had to have it. 





 


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talia-mom
by Gold Member on Feb. 20, 2013 at 1:35 PM

They should pay for the cost of pregnancy.  maybe.


She is the one choosing to raise the child.  They aren't responsible for that choice,.   That isn't something forced on her.   She made the conscious decision to do that.


Quoting catrig:

Company's fault. They should pay.


Quoting talia-mom:

No one made her carry the child to term or decide to raise it.



Quoting catrig:

No, but their mistake enabled her to get pregnant. She was taking them as directed.





Quoting pansyprincess:

Ridiculous.  Fine if they want to give her some sort of compensation ... but the cost of raising her daughter?  No one said she had to have it. 









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