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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

Consumer groups, institute team up to urge FDA reform

The National Academies of Sciences Institute of Medicine, the Consumer Federation of America and the Center for Science in the Public Interest have joined together to urge the incoming Obama administration to address food safety issues that have plagued the FDA in the past few years. However, the Institute of Medicine and the consumer groups disagree on the legalities, according to Flesh and Stone. According to the report, the Institute of Medicine issued a statement recommending the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service and the food safety activities of the FDA within HHS should be unified. The consumer groups argue ... Read More

Barton wants answers from FDA about heparin scandal

Rep. Joe Barton, a ranking member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, appears to be fed up with the FDA’s reluctance to provide details of the tainted heparin scandal that first came into public light earlier this year, according to CNN Money. That scandal resulted in the deaths of more than 80 Americans and adverse reactions in hundreds more, and led to an agency recall of lots of the blood thinner manufactured in Baxter International’s Chinese facility. Heparin from another company, APP Pharmaceuticals Inc., wasn’t considered a problem, though in a letter to Congress in October, the FDA said ... Read More

FDA commissioner announces plans to resign next month

The Associated Press reported today that Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Dr. Andrew von Eschenbach will resign from his post effective Jan. 20, the same day president-elect Barack Obama takes office. Von Eschenbach was appointed by President Bush in 2005 after the agency’s previous commissioner resigned due to ethical issues, the AP reports. While under von Eschenbach’s helm, the FDA has undergone scrutiny by Congress and consumer groups over issues such as the tainted heparin scandal earlier this year. The FDA ordered a recall on batches of the blood thinner heparin made at Baxter International’s Chinese facility after some lots ... Read More

Congressman questions FDA's slow action on heparin seizure

A Texas congressman is questioning why the FDA waited six months to seize lots of contaminated heparin from an Ohio company, according to CNN Money. Earlier this year, the FDA recalled lots of heparin manufactured in a Baxter International Chinese plant after batches were found to have been contaminated with over-sulfated chondroitin sulfate. The FDA recall was the result of an investigation into the deaths of more than 80 people and illnesses of hundreds more people after receiving doses of heparin. CNN Money reports that the recall process is voluntary. Companies are not required to immediately comply with the FDA’s ... Read More

Lawmaker questions FDA investigation of heparin scandal

A Washington lawmaker is raising concerns about the FDA’s handling of the tainted heparin scandal earlier this year, claiming that the agency misrepresented deaths tied to the product and didn’t thoroughly investigate the situation, according to CNN Money. Batches of heparin were recalled by the FDA earlier this year after lots manufactured in China were found to have been contaminated with over-sulfated chondroitin sulfate. The investigation and subsequent recall followed reports of more than 80 deaths and thousands more illnesses of patients who had received doses of heparin from the lots in question. Rep. Joe Barton, R-Texas, last week pointed ... Read More