Dennis Quaid sues Heparin maker for twins overdose

Cast member Dennis Quaid poses at the premiere of the movie "The Special Relationship" at the Director's Guild of America in Los Angeles in this May 19, 2010 file photo. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Actor Dennis Quaid has sued a drug maker over an accidental overdose of the blood-thinner Heparin that threatened the lives of his newborn twins in 2007.

The star of movies “The Rookie” and “The Big Easy” filed the lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court last Friday on behalf of his children.

It seeks unspecified damages against Baxter Healthcare Corp, a unit of Baxter International Inc, alleging that the overdose was due to a mix-up over similar labeling in different doses of Heparin.

According to the lawsuit, the Quaid’s twins were given 10,000 units of Heparin rather than the 10 units of the Hep-Lock they were prescribed to treat an infection. They have since recovered but the lawsuit said the effects of the overdose may not be known for years.

Quaid also claimed that Baxter should have recalled the 10,000 unit vials of Heparin and warned medical providers because similar mistakes had happened previously.

Baxter was not immediately available for comment.

Quaid, 56, and his third wife Kimberly Buffington had twins Zoe Grace and Thomas Boone via a surrogate in November 2007. Ten days after their birth they were in intensive care in a Los Angeles hospital after the accidental overdose.

Reporting by Jill Serjeant; Editing by Bob Tourtellotte