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In February 2008, Baxter International announced it was recalling Heparin, a blood thinner commonly used in dialysis and cardiac procedures, after receiving reports of four deaths and more than 350 adverse reactions to the drug. Since that time, more than 100 deaths and hundreds of serious injuries have been linked to the use of contaminated Heparin products.
The experienced defective drug lawyers of Jacoby & Meyers are currently accepting Heparin cases from patients who have been seriously injured from taking this drug.
Many defective drug lawsuits have already been filed against the pharmaceutical company, alleging that they sacrificed patient safety to increase profits. The active ingredient in Heparin is typically made from enzymes found in pig intestines. Baxter International has been accused of substituting over-sulfated chondroitin sulfate (OSCS), a molecule that closely mimics the enzymes produced by pig intestines, with the traditional active ingredient because it is vastly cheaper to produce. OSCS has not been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for this use.
Approximately 3,500 pig intestines are required to produce 2.2 pounds of the enzyme used in Heparin. The cost of this process is about $900. In contrast, the cost of producing the same amount of OSCS is $9. The use of OSCS in Heparin has been linked to serious injuries and has led to the deaths of more than 100 people.
The contaminated Heparin products using OSCS were reportedly manufactured in a plant in China. This plant was never properly inspected or regulated by the FDA, enabling Baxter International to substitute OSCS for the enzyme created from pig intestines.
Health inspectors visited the Chinese facility after the FDA received several reports of injuries caused by the drug. They discovered inadequate record keeping and subpar manufacturing standards at the factory.
Victims who have been injured from taking contaminated Heparin products have experienced the following symptoms:
If you have developed any of these symptoms after taking Heparin, you should consult your physician immediately to make sure you have not suffered a Heparin injury.
The defective drug lawyers affiliated with Jacoby & Meyers have the skills and experience needed to help you achieve a favorable outcome to your claim. We will fight aggressively in court to ensure your rights are protected and you receive the compensation you deserve.
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