Recently, Baxter recalled its heparin products in the United States because of a contaminant found in the drug. Heparin is a drug used to prevent the formation of clots in the blood. The contaminant, a compound that looks like heparin under the microscope, was most likely added to the manufacturing process of the drug while in China.
Because it the contaminant, hypersulfated chondroitin sulfate, is similar to heparin in a variety of ways, including molecular weight, the contaminant went undetected in standard testing. And many believe that the contaminant was intentionally added as a counterfeit ingredient.
The heparin contamination is believed to have been linked to numerous adverse reactions, including 19 deaths and hundreds of other serious health issues like difficulty breathing, nausea, vomiting, excessive sweating and a rapid drop in blood pressure. Apparently, Baxter is investigating whether a causal relationship exists between these incidents and the heparin contaminant.
Once again, the American public continues to pay the cost for lax oversight of drug companies by the FDA and drug companies’ continued failure to properly and safely manufacture their pharmaceutical drugs. Let there be no doubt that the health issues listed above are related to the ingestion of the contaminated heparin. It was the reporting of these adverse events that seems to have led to the discovery of the contamination. Allowing such a contaminant to go undetected for so long is a perfect illustration of how drug companies continue to place profits over people and how the FDA continues to fail in its mission to protect the American public. If you or someone you love has been injured by contaminated heparin, please contact an attorney with experience in drug litigation as soon as possible. See our website at www.pbmattorneys.com.