The Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) has published a follow-up article regarding the case of pharmacist Eric Cropp in the December 3, 2009 issue of Medication Safety Alert! Acute Care, Eric Cropp Weighs in on the Error that Sent Him to Prison. In this article, Eric discribes events contributing to the fatal error.
Eric Cropp is the Ohio pharmacist who is serving 6 months imprisonment as part of his sentence after conviction for the death of 2 year-old Emily Jerry. The child died after receiving a dose of chemotherapy mixed in a hypertonic saline solution by a pharmacy technician. My original post on this case, Not a Wonderful Life: No George Bailey for Pharmacist Eric Cropp or his Patient, discusses the circumstances of this catastrophic medication error.
For readers following this story, please read Eric’s version of the events leading to the error, which has devastated the lives of the Jerry family, as well as Eric Cropp’s.