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Heparin Recall Issued

A Heparin warning has been issued due to serious side effects that has now lead to a Heparin Recall.  Heparin is available with or without prescription depending on how it will be used.  Heparin is a blood thinner that is administered to prevent the formation of blood clots and is made from pig intestines and has been markedted in the U.S. Since the 1930's.  It is used to treat and prevent blood clots in veins, arteries and/or lungs.  Heparin is also used before surgery to reduce the risk of clots.  Tell your physician if you have high blood pressure, heart infections, hemophilia or any other bleeding disorder, gastrointestinal problems, liver dysfunction or if you are on your period as this increases the risk of bleeding while on this drug. 

Heparin Recall Due to Contamination

Baxter Healthcare Corporation, issued a nationwide Heparin recall of their products in 2008 due to contamination of the product.Heparin can initiate bleeding while you are taking this therapy and can last for several weeks after you stop taking it.  Make sure to contact your healthcare provider immediately if you notice any external bleeding such as nosebleed, blood in your stools or any other bleeding that will not stop. 

Other medications can increase the risk of bleeding when taking Heparin such as aspirin or other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) as well as a number of other prescription drugs.  Make sure to tell your doctor about all medications you take including vitamins and natural supplements.  There are certain foods that you will need to stay away from such as soy.  Make sure to discuss the appropriate diet with your doctor.  Do not start any new medications without telling your doctor first.

Heparin Side effects

Manufacturers of Heparin containing products  had received reports of serious side effects and deaths requiring a nationwide Heparin  recall of certain lot numbers.  Heparin Side effects included allergic responses with symptoms of oral swelling, nausea, vomiting, chest pain, dizziness, fainting, irregular heart rate, sweating, shortness of breath as well as hypotention (low blood pressure).

Patients who were affected by this heparin recall were individuals who had kidney failure and on hemodialysis, patients having cardiovascular surgery, patients undergoing photopheresis and plasmapheresis as well as patients who had blood clots.

 In 2008, the FDA issued another Heparin warning  that they had found a previously unknown contaminant in these Heparin batches that were made in China.  The contaiminate was identified as an over sulfated chondroitin sulfate.  This contaiminate activates enzymes that can generate inflammatory responses that were responsible for the side effects observed.  New testing was established to identify this contaiminate and is now used on a regular basis for screening.    

The FDA established guidelines to ensure the safety and adequate supply of Heparin to the United States.  They also issued an alert and sample assignment to ensure that all Heparin products are tested when coming into the United States.  They also hosted an international regulation meeting with eleven countries to discuss what to do about Heparin contamination to ensure public safety.  

You May be entitled to Compensation, so act now.

If you or a loved one has been injured as a result of taking Heparin, or would like to find out more about the Heparin recall contact us now to speak with our qualified professionals about possible compensation.  Call us now at 877-222-7069 or use the contact form for a free case review.

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