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Senator proposes country-of-origin labeling for medications

If Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) has his way, we soon may be able to read the label of prescription medications and learn where they were manufactured. Sen. Brown recently introduced the Transparency in Drug Labeling Act (S. 3633), arguing that Americans have the right to know where their medications are produced, according to Pharmaceutical Technology. “With more drug companies buying ingredients and producing products overseas, country-of-origin labeling is more important than ever,” Sen. Brown said in a press release. Country-of-origin labeling for active pharmaceutical ingredients was initially proposed last April as part of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Globalization ... Read More

Artery procedures successfully performed without heparin

A medical study performed at the University of Turin (Italy) has shown favorable results not using the blood thinner heparin during artery-opening procedures, according to the U.S. News. Heparin is usually used during these procedures. Italian researchers carefully selected 700 of the “lowest risk” patients to participate in the trial. This included patients with single blockages of a heart artery, currently taking two clot-preventing medications such as aspirin and thienopyridine, and with no immediate danger of heart attack. The study found that the incidence of heart damage and bleeding events were lower in the patients who participated in the study, ... Read More

APP ok to make heparin in Puerto Rico

This week APP Pharmaceuticals, headquartered in Schaumberg, Ill., announced it has gotten FDA approval to manufacture heparin at its Barceloneta, Puerto Rico, facility. The facility will manufacture three product codes of heparin sodium injection, USP. According to a report in the Pharmaceutical Business Review, APP currently manufactures nine products at its Puerto Rico facility, including doxycycline, azithromycin and diphenhydramine. The report says the company plans to manufacture more than 19 million units in Puerto Rico during 2008 and to eventually transfer more than 25 additional product codes to the facility. The recall of contaminated heparin manufactured in China has affected ... Read More