German manufacturer is told to withdraw heparin

BMJ 2008; 336 doi: (Published 20 March 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:635
  1. Annette Tuffs
  1. 1Heidelberg

The German Federal Institute for Drugs and Medical Devices has ordered the drug manufacturer RotexMedica to recall its blood thinning heparin products from the market. The order comes after 80 patients undergoing dialysis had severe allergic reactions to the products. The side effects are thought to be linked to contaminated ingredients imported from China. The agency has asked all the 10 companies …

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