Contamination in Heparin Drug ~ OPOLAW Injury Blog

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Contamination in Heparin Drug

The Food and Drug Administration believe they have discovered what’s contaminating the blood-thinning medication heparin and are trying to determine whether it was put in the drug intentionally. FDA officials said the man-made chemical compound known as over-sulfated chondroitin sulfate is cheap and abundant. It mimics heparin when tested, but is not naturally occurring and not something that would be part of the normal production chain for heparin. The FDA also emphasized it is not yet certain whether the contaminant is the root cause of the recent spike in severe allergic reactions and as many as 19 deaths that may have been associated with the blood thinner.

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