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Pharmaceutical Contamination in U.S. Spreads to Germany, China is Prime Suspect

10:20 AM MDT | March 11, 2008 |

Alex Scott

Contaminated batches of the blood thinning drug heparin that are potentially lethal have been discovered on the market in Germany. Producers have recalled supplies of heparin in the country in the past week following severe reactions to batches of the drug by up to 100 patients. The contamination cases in Germany follow the withdrawal at the end of February of contaminated batches of heparin in the U.S. that have been linked to as many as 800 adverse patient reactions and 19 patient deaths. The contaminated heparin used in the U.S. has been traced back to...

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