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Former Pharmacist, Eric Cropp, to Speak to Students

Cropp's talk, titled "A Life Changing Medication Error" will focus on advocating for patient safety as well as system improvements in the healthcare field.

Buffalo, New York – April 16, 2013 – Eric Cropp, a former pharmacist who served a prison sentence for a medication error that led to the death of a young child, will speak with D'Youville College students on April 17, sharing his story and advocating new technologies and safety protocols.

Cropp, a former pharmacist at University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital in Cleveland, was convicted in August 2009 of involuntary manslaughter for approving 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.

Emily died three days after the medication was administered. Cropp was ultimately convicted of involuntary manslaughter and served six months in jail.

Cropp's talk will draw from his experience of being a pharmacist for 16 years, the majority of that time in the oncology field. He will share his insight into the gap in the safety of patients and their caregivers, along with solutions to keep patients and caregivers safe.

The talk is free and open to all members of the DYC community. It will begin at 1 p.m. on April 17 in room 216 in the the D’Youville Academic Center. Additional seating will be available in rooms 411 and 512.

The talk is sponsored by the D’Youville College School of Pharmacy and APhA-ASP.

Learn More:

Emily Jerry Foundation - The Emily Jerry Foundation is committed to educating families and lawmakers about Pharmacy Technicians, the need to increase the prerequisite training standards of their profession, and their important role in life or death medical situations across the United States.


Michelle A. Lewis, PhD (Clinical Assistant Professor)