Saturday, March 22, 2008

The Heparin Saga expands...

B. Braun Medical issues recall of heparin

B. Braun Medical Inc. recalled heparin blood thinner in the U.S. and Canada after learning that it contained a "heparin-like contaminant" from a supplier linked to deaths and allergic reactions in another company's product.

The contaminant was supplied by Scientific Protein Laboratories, Irvine-based B. Braun Medical said Friday. Scientific Protein also supplied Baxter International Inc. with heparin containing a cheaper ingredient from China.

Baxter's heparin has been linked to serious allergic reactions and 19 U.S. deaths. The heparin recalled by Braun is sold to hospitals as a premixed solution in intravenous drip bags, a Food and Drug Administration spokeswoman said.

Neither Braun nor the FDA was aware of anyone sickened by the recalled heparin.

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