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Published: May 8th, 2008
Beginning around November 2007, the FDA started receiving a large number of reports involving adverse events associated with allergic-type reactions to heparin. Subsequent investigations have uncovered that a large portion of the heparin sold in the United States around this time was contaminated with a fake ingredient. In early 2008, a nationwide Baxter Heparin Recall was issued involving nearly half of the supply of injectible heparin sold in the U.S. Other forms of the blood thinner made from the same raw ingredients have also been recalled.
STATUS OF HEPARIN LAWSUITS: Heparin lawsuits are being reviewed for individuals who suffered allergic reactions leading to severe injuries or death.
OVERVIEW: Heparin is a blood thinner often administered in large doses during cardiac surgery or dialysis treatment to reduce the risk of blood clots. It is a life-saving medication which is critical to many medical procedures.
The blood thinner is normally made from ingredients derrived from pig intestines. However, FDA investigations found that heparin sold throughout the United States during late 2007 and early 2008 contained a replacement ingredient known as oversulfated chondroitnin sulfate, which should not be in the drug.
The contaminated heparin ingredients were produced at a plant in China. The substitute chemical is substantially cheaper than heparin, and the FDA is investigating whether the bad heparin was caused due to negligence or fraud.
HEPARIN ALLERGIC REACTIONS: If an individual was given contaminated heparin, they could suffer a severe allergic-type reaction, hypotension (abnormally low blood pressure) or death. Symptoms associated with the heparin reactions have included:
- Sensations of Warmth
- Numbness or Tingling of the Arms and Legs
- Difficulty Swallowing
- Shortness of Breath, Wheezing or Chest Tightness
- Low Blood Pressure
- Nausea or Vomiting
Have a potential Heparin Lawsuit reviewed by a lawyer:
Individuals who suffered a severe allergic reaction to heparin resulting in death or other permanent injury may be entitled to financial compensation through a Heparin Lawsuit. Lawyers are reviewing potential claims throughout the United States.