FDA recall of Baxter International’s drug heparin made the front page of yesterday’s Wall Street journal after FDA officials confirmed four deaths from the blood-thinner. The culprit appears to be a Chinese plant producing the active ingredient in heparin.
Four deaths and hundreds of allergic reactions and other adverse drug side effects have been reported, including vomiting and diarrhea. More serious injuries from the drug heparin include increased heartbeats, low blood pressure, and fainting. FDA officials state that 40% of patients taking Baxter’s heparin suffered serious adverse reactions.
Heparin, which has been available in the U.S. since the 1930s, is administered by injection to prevent blood clotting during apheresis, heart surgery, and kidney dialysis. Patients undergoing these three treatments suffer the most severe injuries from Baxter’s defective heparin.
Baxter, which produces about half of all heparin used in the U.S., announced a temporary halt in production of its generic anti-clotting (blood-thinning) drug. This FDA recall and Baxter’s halt is predicted to create a shortage of the heparin blood thinner to hospitals and was the reason this dangerous drug was not pulled from market earlier.
Despite last year’s recalls and public notifications of lead in children’s toys and tainted pet food, the People’s Republic of China remains the world’s largest producer of active ingredients in drug medications. Drug companies seeking cheap labor and questionable safety and work conditions produce their pills and medicines in China, which produces just over 10% of the world’s drugs.
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