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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
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talia-mom
by Gold Member on Feb. 20, 2013 at 1:41 PM


Nope.  No reason to hold the company responsible for her raising this child.  That was her choice.

Quoting catrig:

No reason to hold the company responsible......


Quoting talia-mom:

Actually, having sex made her responsible as well.

I said they should pay for the pregnancy.   But she is choosing to raise this child.   She doesn't deserve a damn thing for that and I hope she has to court costs for the people she is suing.



Quoting catrig:

They are responsible for the failure of her birth control. Maybe they will do a better job of quality control.





Quoting talia-mom:

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. 

























glitterteaz
by Ruby Member on Feb. 20, 2013 at 1:41 PM

she does not control when pills change in color or anything. she just takes the pill on the day coinciding with the pill.

Quoting steelcage:

So.......she couldn't of looked at the pills and seen they were the wrong kind? I'm missing something here.


catrig
by Member on Feb. 20, 2013 at 1:44 PM
That's ridiculous. If they did there job in the first place she wouldn't be pregnant. She ended up in this situation due to them.


Quoting talia-mom:


Nope.  No reason to hold the company responsible for her raising this child.  That was her choice.


Quoting catrig:

No reason to hold the company responsible......





Quoting talia-mom:

Actually, having sex made her responsible as well.

I said they should pay for the pregnancy.   But she is choosing to raise this child.   She doesn't deserve a damn thing for that and I hope she has to court costs for the people she is suing.




Quoting catrig:

They are responsible for the failure of her birth control. Maybe they will do a better job of quality control.








Quoting talia-mom:

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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talia-mom
by Gold Member on Feb. 20, 2013 at 1:45 PM
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She ended up pregnant.   i said they should pay for that.

She chose to become a mother.  They shouldn't pay for her choice.


Quoting catrig:

That's ridiculous. If they did there job in the first place she wouldn't be pregnant. She ended up in this situation due to them.


Quoting talia-mom:


Nope.  No reason to hold the company responsible for her raising this child.  That was her choice.


Quoting catrig:

No reason to hold the company responsible......





Quoting talia-mom:

Actually, having sex made her responsible as well.

I said they should pay for the pregnancy.   But she is choosing to raise this child.   She doesn't deserve a damn thing for that and I hope she has to court costs for the people she is suing.




Quoting catrig:

They are responsible for the failure of her birth control. Maybe they will do a better job of quality control.








Quoting talia-mom:

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. 




































catrig
by Member on Feb. 20, 2013 at 1:46 PM
She's paying for their mistake. Why shouldn't they?


Quoting talia-mom:

She ended up pregnant.   i said they should pay for that.

She chose to become a mother.  They shouldn't pay for her choice.



Quoting catrig:

That's ridiculous. If they did there job in the first place she wouldn't be pregnant. She ended up in this situation due to them.





Quoting talia-mom:


Nope.  No reason to hold the company responsible for her raising this child.  That was her choice.



Quoting catrig:

No reason to hold the company responsible......








Quoting talia-mom:

Actually, having sex made her responsible as well.

I said they should pay for the pregnancy.   But she is choosing to raise this child.   She doesn't deserve a damn thing for that and I hope she has to court costs for the people she is suing.





Quoting catrig:

They are responsible for the failure of her birth control. Maybe they will do a better job of quality control.











Quoting talia-mom:

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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mikiemom
by Ruby Member on Feb. 20, 2013 at 1:48 PM

 

I'm pro-choice I don't think women can be forced into either choice - the company needs to support the child period.

Quoting talia-mom:

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 1:48 PM

The child isn't a mistake.  She chose to carry it to term and raise it.

No one forced that upon her.  That is why they shouldn't pay.  She wasn't forced to raise this child.


Quoting catrig:

She's paying for their mistake. Why shouldn't they?


Quoting talia-mom:

She ended up pregnant.   i said they should pay for that.

She chose to become a mother.  They shouldn't pay for her choice.



Quoting catrig:

That's ridiculous. If they did there job in the first place she wouldn't be pregnant. She ended up in this situation due to them.





Quoting talia-mom:


Nope.  No reason to hold the company responsible for her raising this child.  That was her choice.



Quoting catrig:

No reason to hold the company responsible......








Quoting talia-mom:

Actually, having sex made her responsible as well.

I said they should pay for the pregnancy.   But she is choosing to raise this child.   She doesn't deserve a damn thing for that and I hope she has to court costs for the people she is suing.





Quoting catrig:

They are responsible for the failure of her birth control. Maybe they will do a better job of quality control.











Quoting talia-mom:

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. 

















































talia-mom
by Gold Member on Feb. 20, 2013 at 1:49 PM

Well, if they forced her to get pregnant and carry a child to term and raise the child, you might have a point.

Everythign from the moment she discovered she was pregnant was her choice.   She chose everything from then on.   They aren't responsible for her choices.


Quoting mikiemom:


I'm pro-choice I don't think women can be forced into either choice - the company needs to support the child period.

Quoting talia-mom:

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..









Traci_Momof2
by Silver Member on Feb. 20, 2013 at 1:51 PM
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Ridiculous suit.  She is suing them for the cost of raising her daughter because of their mistake.  But their mistake did not force her to birth and raise her daughter.  Her own personal morals aside, she had the legal option to abort the pregnancy, which then would lead to zero child-rearing expenses.

Regardless of their mistake, she chose to birth her baby and she chose to raise her baby herself.  The child-rearing costs are solely from her choices, not from the pharmaceutical company's mixup.

catrig
by Member on Feb. 20, 2013 at 1:52 PM
The birth control failed due to manufactural error. Not user error. Manufacture pays. Abortion is an option for some, obviously not her.


Quoting talia-mom:

The child isn't a mistake.  She chose to carry it to term and raise it.

No one forced that upon her.  That is why they shouldn't pay.  She wasn't forced to raise this child.



Quoting catrig:

She's paying for their mistake. Why shouldn't they?





Quoting talia-mom:

She ended up pregnant.   i said they should pay for that.

She chose to become a mother.  They shouldn't pay for her choice.




Quoting catrig:

That's ridiculous. If they did there job in the first place she wouldn't be pregnant. She ended up in this situation due to them.








Quoting talia-mom:


Nope.  No reason to hold the company responsible for her raising this child.  That was her choice.




Quoting catrig:

No reason to hold the company responsible......











Quoting talia-mom:

Actually, having sex made her responsible as well.

I said they should pay for the pregnancy.   But she is choosing to raise this child.   She doesn't deserve a damn thing for that and I hope she has to court costs for the people she is suing.






Quoting catrig:

They are responsible for the failure of her birth control. Maybe they will do a better job of quality control.














Quoting talia-mom:

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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