Pharmacist eye-drop error blinds babies

A pharmacist agreed on Monday to pay a €6,000 fine after wrongly mixing eye-drops which were 1,000 times as strong as the doctor ordered and badly damaged three babies' eyes.

Pharmacist eye-drop error blinds babies
The eye drops were 1,000 times stronger than ordered. Photo: DPA

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The pharmacist admitted failing to read the prescription correctly in February 2012 when she mixed the eye drops.

It left one baby partially sighted in both eyes, while two others lost the sight in one eye. All were being treated at a clinic in Wuppertal, North Rhine-Westphalia, where the woman worked.

A doctor and a second pharmacist who were involved in the error have already agreed to pay €7,000 and €6,000 respectively.

By agreeing to pay a fine of €6,000, the 52-year-old woman avoided being charged with bodily harm resulting from negligence.

The case would have started on Wednesday if the woman, from near Cologne in North Rhine-Westphalia, had she refused to settle.

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