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Baxter faces numerous lawsuits over tainted heparin scandal

As many as 300 product-liability lawsuits may be filed in the Illinois state court against drug maker Baxter International Inc., by people injured by or families who lost loved ones to contaminated batches of the blood thinner heparin. Per a judge’s order last year, attorneys are working to convert an aggregate lawsuit to individual claims against the Deerfield, Illinois-based drug company. The complaints accuse Baxter and its supplier, Scientific Protein Laboratories LLC, of negligence, alleging Baxter’s heparin was unsafe for the intended use. The lawsuits seek money damages. The nightmare began in late 2007, as reports of serious allergic reactions ... Read More

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

Baxter says it's not responsible for recent heparin deaths, illness

It’s like a bad dream happening all over again – people falling ill or dying after receiving doses of the blood thinner heparin. In 2007, tainted doses of heparin killed more than 80 Americans and injured hundreds more. And while investigations into the cause continue, the culprit was found to have been over-sulfated chondroitin sulfate (OSCS) a heparin-mimicking contaminant that made its way into batches of heparin that were manufactured in Baxter International’s China plant. Two deaths and one illness earlier this month following the injection of heparin in patients at a Lewes, Delaware, hospital sent chills through the nation. ... 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

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

Baxter named in contaminated saline syringe lawsuit

Pharmaceutical giant Baxter International faces yet another lawsuit, this time for playing a role in the distribution of a contaminated saline syringe that was used on a woman who afterward suffered serious medical problems that may have led to her death a year later, according to the Hays Daily News. Ralph Sell of Lincoln, Nebraska, says that his wife Alice was undergoing cancer treatments in December 2007 when a syringe contaminated with Serratia marcescens, a bacteria that can cause serious injury or death, was used on her. She suffered high blood pressure, disorientation and sepsis. She died a year later ... Read More

Quaid-Cedars-Siani lawsuit over heparin overdose finally closed

Actor Dennis Quaid and his wife Kimberly now have closure in their year-long heparin overdose lawsuit against Cedars-Siani Medical Center, according to OK! and Entertainment Tonight. The entertainment media reported that a Los Angeles judge has signed off on the $750,000 settlement the couple reached with Cedars-Siani last month. According to the settlement, the hospital did not admit wrongdoing in the potentially fatal overdose of heparin that was accidentally administered to the couple’s newborn children Zoe Grace and Thomas Boone Quaid. The settle also allows for the couple to pursue claims for their children in the future. The California Department ... Read More

Class action lawsuit filed against heparin manufacturer Baxter

A class action lawsuit has been filed against Baxter Healthcare Corp., claiming the company began substituting ingredients in its anti-coagulant heparin with a dangerous counterfeit to “reap greater profits as a result of utilizing cheap component parts,” according to The Madison St. Clair (Illinois) The Record. Joyce Ann Osteen filed the suit in St. Clair County, Illinois, and claims Baxer purposefully added a contaminant, over-sulfated chondroitin sulfate, or OSCS, to heparin manufactured in its China plant. The tainted heparin was distributed to the U.S., where hundreds of allergic reactions occurred. More than 80 people died and hundreds more were sickened ... Read More

Tainted heparin may have caused death of infant

An infant may have been among the victims of the tainted heparin scandal earlier this year, according to WorldFocus consultant Peter Eisner, who has reported on the heparin crisis over several months. Eisner reports that Julien, the son of Alex and Ann Oryschak, died Nov. 19, 2007, after becoming ill. The Oryschaks believe that heparin may have lead to their infant son’s untimely death, and they want to share their story in hopes of influencing changes in drug regulations. Last year, heparin was thrust into the spotlight after more than 80 patients who had received the blood thinner died and ... Read More

Quaids get settlement in heparin overdose case

The highly publicized lawsuit between the family of actor Dennis Quaid and Cedars-Sinai Medical Center has been settled, according to The Lowell Sun/Associated Press. Documents show that the Quaids have agreed on a $750,000 settlement with the hospital. The Quaid twins nearly died after they were accidentally given 1,000 times the intended dose of the blood thinner heparin shortly after birth. The settlement allows the couple to pursue claims for their children in the future. Heparin is generally used when a patient – adult or infant – receives fluids through a central line to prevent a blood clot from forming, ... Read More