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Mother Upset After Prescription Error By Target Pharmacy

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A Gahanna mother says a pharmacist at a local Target pharmacy gave her the wrong prescription dose for her infant daughter.

Stephanie Huth contacted NBC4 after getting the wrong dose of medication for her 10-month-old daughter Allyson. The baby's pediatrician called a prescription for Zithromax to the Target pharmacy at 8100 E. Broad St. in Reynoldsburg.

"They had given me a spoon instead of a syringe to give it to her. And she's 10 months old and she can't take medicine from a spoon. So I had a syringe and tried to measure it out to give to her at home, and it leaked out of the syringe onto the floor," said Huth.

When Huth called the pharmacy again to get the spilled medication replaced, the pharmacist gave her shocking news.

"They called me back and said, 'Oh, by the way, there's a typo on her prescription. She should've gotten 2.5 milliliters, instead of 3.5 milliliters,'" said the mother of three.

The error stunned Huth, who's been using the Target pharmacy in Reynoldsburg since her daughter Emerson, who is now 4 years old, was born.

"I said, 'Oh my gosh, what would've happened to her if I had gotten this medication in her?' And honestly, I don't remember what his response was," said Huth.

Since 2000, the Food and Drug Administration has investigated 95,000 reports of medication errors. The side effects of Zithromax include, diarrhea, chest pain, nausea and severe skin reactions.

NBC4 contacted Target Corporate Headquarters to find out how this could happen. Here is the company's statement:

"The wellbeing of our guests is a top priority for Target and our Pharmacy team is committed to providing our guests with expert care. We take this incident very seriously. Target Pharmacies have processes in place to ensure our guests receive accurate dosing and instructions for their prescriptions. We are working directly with the store's pharmacy team to reinforce our processes.  However, out of respect for the privacy of our team and the guest, we will not be able to provide additional details."

Thank you,

Jessica Deede
Target spokesperson

Huth said her family will no longer use the pharmacy at Target. She hopes her story serves as a warning for other parents.

"I don't know what happened, but I hope they step up their procedures," she said.

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