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Germany Joins U.S. in Recall of Contaminated Heparin

9:22 AM MDT | March 18, 2008 | Alex Scott

Potentially lethal contaminated batches of the blood-thinning drug heparin have been discovered on the market in Germany. Producers have recalled heparin supplies from the German market following severe reactions to batches of the drug by up to 100 patients. The contamination cases in Germany follow the U.S. withdrawal last month of contaminated batches of heparin that have been linked to 19 patient deaths and up to 800 patients reporting adverse health effects. Villax: Enforcement is inadequate. U.S. officials have traced the contaminated heparin back to...

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