Pharmacist Fined For Role in 3-Year-Old's Death

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - A pharmacist who filled a prescription that led to the death of a Florida boy will pay a $1,000 fine.

As part of the agreement the Florida Board of Pharmacy approved today, Edna Irizarry must also attend an eight-hour pharmacy course and pay about $2,460 in investigation costs.

Irizarry faced disciplinary action for processing a prescription for 3-year-old Sebastian Ferrero, who died in October 2007.

Ferrero died at a Shands hospital in Gainesville, two days after a routine test was supposed to help doctors determine why the boy's growth was below average.

Instead of receiving the prescribed dose of 5.75 grams of the amino acid arginine, officials said the Shands Medical Outpatient Pharmacy gave him more than 60 grams.

Board members said blame did not lie with Irizarry alone and a "system breakdown" led to the child's death.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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