When individuals rely on drugs such as anti-coagulants to preserve their health and quality of life, they place a high degree of trust in the pharmaceutical companies who research, manufacture and distribute these drugs. Unfortunately, this trust can be breached, as in the case of Heparin, an anti-coagulant that was found to be contaminated in 2007 and 2008. Read on for more information on the health and legal ramifications of Heparin.
Heparin is a blood-thinning drug that was actually discovered early in the 20th century. It is distributed in the United States by Baxter Healthcare Corp. After a 2007 recall due to unregulated growth of bacteria in some unopened vials, the drug ran into even more trouble in 2008. Chinese-imported Heparin was found to cause at least 81 deaths and another 785 injuries at that time. These injuries resulted from a severe Heparin allergic reaction leading to excess sweating, blocked breathing, vomiting, nausea, and shock.
What was the reason for this sudden Heparin outbreak? The FDA was finally able to pinpoint it to the Chinese supplier of Baxter’s drug, which contaminated the drug with a shellfish-derived nutritional supplement often used to treat arthritis and musculoskeletal pain. The Chinese distributor “cut” the Heparin with this cheaper drug, presumably to counter the expensive cost of producing Heparin with disastrous results.
The FDA has claimed that it cannot properly regulate overseas production of drugs intended for sale in the United States. Luckily, affected patients have another way to fight back: they can file civil lawsuits against Baxter to send home the point that selling tainted or cut drugs is unacceptable in this country. Patients who file a Heparin lawsuit generally claim damages for the costs of medical treatment, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other associated costs.
Get Legal Help from the Heparin Attorneys at Farah & Farah
It is recommended that anyone wishing to file a Heparin lawsuit do so with the help of a Heparin injury attorney. At Farah & Farah, we pride ourselves on our legal strategy and the results we’re able to gain for our happy clients. Have you been injured by Heparin? Did a family member die due to the irresponsible manufacture and sale of this dangerously tainted drug? Act now. Contact a personal injury lawyer at Farah & Farah at 877-245-6707 today for more information – your case consultation is free and confidential.