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FDA clears Baxter in deaths following heparin injections

Baxter Healthcare Corp. has been cleared by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the deaths of two patients at a Delaware hospital following an injection of the drug maker’s blood thinner heparin. The FDA attributed the two deaths, and the illness of a third patent, to existing medical conditions. All three patients suffered intercranial bleeding following injections of heparin. Announcement of the deaths and illness at Beebe Medical Center in Lewes, Delaware, raised immediate concern at the hospital, which promptly notified the FDA and Baxter. The incidents were far too similar to the 2007 heparin scandal in which more ... Read More

New deaths, illness following heparin use spark FDA investigation

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is testing batches of the blood thinner heparin after two people died and one became ill after receiving doses of the heparin, according to the Wall Street Journal. All three incidences occurred at the Beebe Medical Center in Lewes, Delaware, and all three were given heparin supplied by Baxter, the same drug company at the center of last year’s contaminated heparin scandal. That heparin, which killed more than 80 people and injured hundreds more, was manufactured in China. The latest batch was manufactured in Ohio. The heparin in question involves premixed intravenous bags of ... Read More

Obama's pick for FDA commissioner wants to restore trust in agency

President Barack Obama’s top pick for Food and Drug Administration (FDA) commissioner, Bioterrorsim expert and former New York City health commissioner Dr. Margaret Hamburg, says that she wants to restore public confidence in the FDA, according to Boston.com. She already has Senator Edward M. Kennedy’s support. “Her expertise is valuable for problems we now face, such as combating food-borne illness, cooperating with other agencies to address the new flu outbreak and drug-resistant diseases, and protecting our food and drug supplies,” Sen. Kennedy said in a statement for the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee hearing. If confirmed, one of Dr. ... Read More

Congressman demands answers on tainted heparin scandal

Rep. Joe Barton of Texas wants the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to turn over databases stemming from last year’s tainted heparin scandal that killed more than 80 Americans and injured hundreds more, according to NASDAQ.com. At a public hearing last week, Barton raised concerns that the agency doesn’t know for sure what caused the contamination. The FDA has previously claimed the raw heparin originated from a manufacturing company in China and was purposefully contaminated with a man-made chemical, over-sulfated chondroitin sulfate, OSCS. The Chinese government disagrees. Barton, a ranking member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, has long ... Read More

FDA accuses Chinese companies of lying about role in heparin scandal

The Food and Drug Administrating (FDA) is accusing two Chinese pharmaceutical manufacturing companies of lying to federal regulators about their role in shipping batches of contaminated heparin into the United States between 2007 and 2008, according to Easy Bourse. Letters sent by the FDA to Qingdao Jiulong Biopharmaceuticals Co. Ltd. and Shanghai No. 1 Biochemical & Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd., says that during inspection of the plants in 2008, the agency “uncovered untrue statements and information by your firm to the agency.” In late 2007 the FDA began receiving reports of patients experiencing severe reactions after receiving injections of the blood ... Read More

Hamburg, Sharfstein to head troubled FDA

The Obama administration has named two doctors to head up the much-criticized U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), individuals who are known for speaking out about public safety. Sources say Margaret Hamburg, a physician and former New York City health commissioner, was selected to run the agency with Joshua Sharfstein, of the Baltimore health commission, as her chief deputy, according to The Washington Post. Sharfstein made headlines in 2007 when he convinced the FDA to restrict the use of over-the-counter children’s cough and cold medicines based on evidence they can cause serious health complications and even death in children. If ... Read More

Class action lawsuit filed against Baxter over tainted heparin scandal

A class action lawsuit has been filed against Baxter claiming the drug maker substituted an ingredient in its blood thinner heparin with a cheaper, more dangerous one in order to reap more profits, according to the Madison-St. Clair The Record. Twenty-eight people are named in the lawsuit, most of whom are spouses of individuals who died after receiving injections of the tainted heparin. The lawsuit was filed in St. Clair County Court in Illinois. Last March, after more than 100 people died and hundreds more were sickened after being given the tainted heparin, an investigation found that heparin manufactured in ... Read More

Scientists propose new testing standards for heparin

Scientists are proposing new standards for testing the quality and safety of heparin with new equipment that can analyze a broader range of impurities than the screening tools currently in use, according to the Daily Herald. The proposal stems from last year’s tainted heparin scandal that resulted in the deaths of more than 80 Americans and illness in hundreds more. Batches of heparin were later found to have been contaminated with oversulfated chondroitin sulfate (OSCS) during manufacturing at Baxter International’s China plant. OSCS is a heparin-mimicking contaminant that can cause serious allergic reactions in humans. The new standards were proposed ... Read More

Heparin producer's insurers file lawsuit

The insurance companies for Scientific Protein Laboratories’ parent company, American Capital Ltd., are suing to nullify the policies with the laboratory, according to The Daily Record. The Wisconsin-based company entered a joint venture with Baxter International Inc. to produce heparin in China. Last year, heparin produced at that plant was found to have been contaminated with oversulfated chondroitin sulfate (OSCS), a heparin-mimicking material that can cause life-threatening allergic reactions. The contaminated heparin killed more than 80 people in the U.S. and sickened hundreds more before several batches of the blood thinner were recalled. American Capital purchased 87 percent of Scientific ... Read More

Torti named interim commissioner of FDA

FDA chief scientist and principal deputy commissioner Dr. Frank Torti will serve as the agency’s acting commissioner when Dr. Anderew Von Eschenbach leaves office this week, a position he will hold until the Obama administration appoints a new leader and the Senate approves the choice, according to Scrip World Pharmaceutical News. Dr. Torti joined the FDA in May, just as the tainted heparin scandal was still brewing at the agency. Dr. Von Eschenbach recruited Dr. Torti to “help bolster the agency’s scientific infrastructure,” according to the news story. Last year more than 80 Americans died and hundreds more became ill ... Read More