FDA Identifies Heparin Contaminant

Federal officials have identified the contaminant that was found in the blood-thinning medication heparin in 11 countries.

Chinese officials have denied that this contaminant has caused any deaths. As for U.S. officials, here is what one of them says:

Dr. Janet Woodcock, director of the Food and Drug Administration’s drug center, said that German regulators uncovered a cluster of illnesses among dialysis patients who took contaminated heparin. She said Chinese officials had conceded that heparin produced in their country contained a contaminant, though they say it was not connected to the illnesses.

“Heparin should not be contaminated, regardless of whether or not that contamination caused acute adverse events,” Dr. Woodcock said. “We are fairly confident based on the biological information that we have had that this contaminant is capable of triggering these adverse reactions.”

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