American drug retail chain CVS Caremark confirmed that a pharmacy error led one of its New Jersey pharmacies to distribute breast cancer medication to children instead of fluoride pills.
A statement released by the company revealed that the error occurred at a pharmacy store in Chatham and that breast cancer drug Tamoxifen was distributed instead of chewable fluoride tablets which is meant for children's teeth. The wrong pills were distributed to around 50 families between December 1 and February 20.
The company added that it has contacted all the families who had a prescription with 0.5 mg fluoride and apologized for the mistake. An investigation will be carried out to ascertain why the error took place though the company said that not many parents expressed concern that their children might have been given the wrong pills.
"Beginning last week, we have contacted or have left messages for every family whose child was dispensed a 0.5 mg fluoride prescription from our Chatham location within the past 60 days. Fortunately, most of the families we have spoken to did not indicate that their children received any incorrect pills. We will continue to follow up with families who believe that their children may have ingested incorrect medication", the company statement read.