Archive for the ‘heparin’ Category

China Made Blood Thinner Heparin Safety Concerns Spread to Germany

March 7, 2008

WASHINGTON, March 7 (UPI) — Concerns about the safety of the blood thinner heparin have spread to Germany where the drug also was reportedly making patients sick.

The reports led a German company to recall some batches of heparin that were made using an active ingredient from China.

But, the company, Rotexmedica GmbH Arzneimittelwerk, said it didn’t rely on the same active-ingredient supplier as Baxter International, maker of the heparin recalled in the United States, The Wall Street Journal said Friday.

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US says contaminated blood-thinner came from China

March 7, 2008

WASHINGTON (AFP) – Batches of the recalled blood thinner heparin, which contained an unidentified contaminant and has been linked to 19 deaths, have ingredients that came from China, the US government said Thursday.

The federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which added that Germany has announced its own recall of heparin due to allergic reactions, has yet to prove that the contaminant was the cause of the deaths as well as other adverse health effects.

But the FDA said that all the US batches of heparin linked to health problems and deaths were made with ingredients that came from China.

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