Report confirms contaminated Heparin

December 4, 2008 2:12:25 PM PST
It's finally been confirmed that a man-made chemical was added to the blood thinner imported from China that resulted in as many as 81 deaths in the United States. The final report identifies contamination with the chemical chondroitin sulfate. The crisis began last November and in addition to the deaths there were 152 adverse reactions reported.

They included a drastic drop in blood pressure, nausea and shortness of breath, starting within 30-minutes after the administration of the heparin. Investigators found a common thread in those cases.

The heparin was marketed by Baxter healthcare of Deerfield, Illinois, which got its supplies from china. Many companies that make heparin in China are said to be small and unregulated.