LegalView Updates Its Baxter Heparin Information Portal With News of Ongoing United States and China Heparin Contamination Controversy

April 30, 2008 (PRLEAP.COM) Health News
Denver, CO - LegalView recently updated its Heparin information portal to include the latest information on the Baxter Heparin recall that may have caused severe allergic reactions and the deaths of more than 80 patients. Investigating the source of contamination has led U.S. officials to a manufacturing plant in China, where over-sulfated chrondroitin sulfate was reportedly chemically altered to simulate Heparin. The use of the compound would have allowed for a less expensive production of the original Heparin, however, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) never approved the compound for use in Heparin. Individuals who may have been victim of the tainted Heparin batch should contact a pharmaceutical attorney for details on the development of a potential Heparin lawsuit.

Heparin is an anticoagulant that is often used during surgical procedures such as kidney dialysis or heart surgery. It thins the blood in order to avoid the development of deep vein thrombosis, which can be deadly in surgery. Heparin is derived from pig intestines and has been imported, predominately from China, since the 1930s.

Manufacturers of the drug, Baxter International Inc., issued the Heparin recall in January but have since been battling with Chinese regulators who claim the Baxter Heparin contamination occurred at the Baxter New Jersey factory. Chinese officials have said that the Heparin was manufactured and sent to several other countries who had not reported the side effects that the Baxter Heparin victims did. However, the FDA claims, upon the results of their investigation, that the tainted Heparin went to 12 countries. The FDA also explained that the side effects did occur in individuals in Germany, but were more prevalent in the United States because of the practice among U.S. surgeons to use more Heparin in patients.

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