Pharmaceutical

Doctors outraged by heparin seizure

ConsumerAffairs.com is reporting that doctors are outraged that recalled batches of heparin were found in a Cincinnati, Ohio lab.

“It’s really horrible for two reasons: one, that a company that knows that their product is not a good product that should be distributed and they’ve been told so,” said Dr. Lynne Wagoner, a Christ Hospital Heart Specialist, who was quoted in the story by WTOL-TV in Toledo, Ohio.

Earlier this month, U.S. Marshals seized a total of 11 lots of the blood thinner at Celsus Laboratories Inc. Heparin was recalled earlier this year after an FDA investigation found that batches of the blood thinner were contaminated with over-sulfated chondroitin sulfate (OACA) at a manufacturing plant in China. The investigation was launched after more than 80 Americans died and hundreds more fell ill after receiving the medication.

The FDA said Celsus Laboratories did not sufficiently carry out the recall process by notifying customers of the contaminant in the heparin it provided. The company distributes both heparin lithium and heparin sodium USP, both of which fell under the recall. As a result, the FDA issued an advisory to manufacturers who may have purchased heparin from Celsus Laboratories to contact the company to make certain they are not using a product from the contaminated batch.

The FDA has recalled 13 different contaminated medical products containing heparin from various companies.