Blood Thinner Heparin Lawsuits
Miami Defective Drug Lawyers
Baxter International announced on March 5, 2008, that they are recalling nearly all their heparin products after they initially recalled nine lots of heparin sodium injection multi-dose vials back on January 17, 2008, and suspended production earlier this month. The reason for the recall is that the drug was linked to four patient deaths and hundreds of allergic reactions.
The recall comes after an earlier investigation launched by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in February due to spikes in reported health problems (serious injury and death) associated with heparin use. This led to the FDA recalling some forms of the product. The New York Times reported that the Food and Drug Administration had discovered possible links to 17 other deaths. The paper added that the agency is focusing on a Chinese plant that supplies the active ingredient in heparin, which is made from mucous membranes extracted from pig intestines.
Recalled products include:
- Heparin sodium injection multi-dose
- Heparin single-dose vials
- HEP-LOCK heparin flush products
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What Is Heparin?
Heparin is a blood thinner that frequently is used to prevent blood clots from forming after surgery or during kidney dialysis. It also is used to treat clots in the lungs and legs. Baxter produces about 50 million doses of heparin a year, roughly half the nation's supply.
Adverse reactions included:
- Abdominal pain
- Decreased blood pressure
- Chest pain
- Increased heart rate
Other possible adverse reactions include shortness of breath, unresponsiveness, redness of skin, flushing, increased sweating, thirst, abnormal skin sensations, watery eyes, and throat swelling, inability to open mouth, and headache.
For Skilled Legal Assistance, Turn to Freidin Brown, P.A.
If you or a loved has taken heparin or been affected from taking heparin (serious injury or death), seek the immediate help of Freidin Brown, P.A. Our Miami personal injury attorneys will answer your questions free of charge, and we are here to help. We are investigating both individual and class action defective Heparin recall cases. We have the experience in helping victims of dangerous products and medical malpractice cases and have capabilities to pursue justice for those who have been affected by this product.
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