from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An acidic glycosaminoglycan found especially in lung and liver tissue and having the ability to prevent the clotting of blood, used in the treatment of thrombosis.
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- n. A glycosaminoglycan, originally isolated from liver cells, now made synthetically for medical use, used as an anticoagulant
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- n. a polysaccharide produced in basophils (especially in the lung and liver) and that inhibits the activity of thrombin in coagulation of the blood; it (trade names Lipo-Hepin and Liquaemin) is used as an anticoagulant in the treatment of thrombosis and in heart surgery
Amphastar said its imported heparin product presents "no threat whatsoever to the drug-consuming public" because that heparin is not intended for consumers.
The FDA said people who have heparin from the recalled lots should discontinue use immediately.
APP Pharmaceuticals Inc., of Schaumburg, Ill., also gets the active ingredient for much of its heparin from a Chinese supplier.
Here is the lot number and other identifying information for the recalled heparin:
If you have suffered adverse events or side effects related to the recalled heparin, the FDA encourages you to report it to its MedWatch program.
KEILAR: The Food and Drug Administration has just finished inspecting a drug factory in China that makes the active ingredient in heparin, that is the blood thinner that is under recall, linked to four deaths and hundreds of sick patients.
There is a potential worry for the U.S. in the new recalls of heparin, which is made from pig intestines.
Baxter International Inc. and a German company have recalled heparin products that were found to be contaminated.
Oversulfated chondroitin sulfate is chemically similar to the active ingredient in heparin, which is derived from pig intestines, and FDA officials have said it is cheaper to make.
(In an unrelated development, Baxter is recalling heparin vials amid a Food and Drug Administration investigation of reports of allergic reactions and deaths that appear to be linked to manufacturing problems.)
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