Children in New Jersey have accidentally taken a breast cancer medication instead of prescribed fluoride tablets after a pharmacy mix-up. NJ.com reports that the mix-up occurred at a CVS pharmacy in Chatham, New Jersey after children who are normally prescribed fluoride tablets received Tamoixfen, a medication used to treat breast cancer. Kids are generally prescribed fluoride tablets by dentists to prevent cavities. The pharmacy acknowledges dispensing the wrong medication to as many as 50 families between December 1 and February 20. CVS says that the two pills look similar, but have very distinctive tastes.
CVS has spoken to all 50 families that have been affected by the mix-up and only a few kids have ingested the breast cancer pills. Medical experts say that the breast cancer treatment is unlikely to harm the children. CVS officials say that no injuries related to the pill mix-up have been reported.
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