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Australia Warns of Tainted Batches of Heparin

10:24 AM MDT | April 7, 2008 | Alex Scott

Authorities in Australia have warned that four batches of AstraZeneca’s (AZ) blood-thinning drug heparin are contaminated. AZ is the latest in a series of companies, including Baxter Healthcare (Deerfield, IL), that has identified contamination in its heparin products, and all of the companies source their heparin active pharma ingredients (APIs) from China. Regulatory bodies in Denmark, France, Italy, Japan, Switzerland, and the U.S. say they have removed heparin from their markets to protect patients. Australia’s regulatory agency for...

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