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Pharmacist forgiven: Documentary featuring Jerry-Cropp meeting to air tomorrow on Discovery

A documentary that features the first meeting of a man whose daughter was killed by a medication error and the pharmacist who went to jail for it is scheduled to air tomorrow on the Discovery Channel. “Surfing the Healthcare Tsunami: Bring Your Best Board” includes an interview with Chris Jerry and Eric Cropp, two Cleveland-area […]

A documentary that features the first meeting of a man whose daughter was killed by a medication error and the pharmacist who went to jail for it is scheduled to air tomorrow on the Discovery Channel.

Surfing the Healthcare Tsunami: Bring Your Best Board” includes an interview with Chris Jerry and Eric Cropp, two Cleveland-area men united by a story of tragedy and ultimately forgiveness.

Cropp, a former pharmacist at University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital in Cleveland, was convicted in August 2009 of involuntary manslaughter for approving in 2006 a pharmacy technician’s fatal saline solution for 2-year-old Emily Jerry, who was on her final phase of cancer treatment. A technician under Cropp’s supervision prepared a chemotherapy mix for Emily that was 23 percent salt-based when it should have been only 1 percent.

Chris Jerry has since founded the Emily Jerry Foundation to advocate for patient safety.

“When these tragedies occur, instead of pointing fingers, we need to focus on what actually caused the event and what we can do to minimize this from happening in the future,” Jerry told MedCity News last year. “Eric should never have gone to prison.”

The documentary airs tomorrow, April 28, and the next three Saturdays, at 8 a.m. local time.

[Photo from flickr user SafetyLeaders]