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NYT Take on the Heparin Problem

Posted Aug 24 2008 9:33pm

To followup on my last post, I’m very happy with my restraint at dinner yesterday. The roast duck was excellent and I did not eat too much of it. No nausea this morning. A quiet night on dialysis to boot.

The New York Times summarized the heparin problem in an article yesterday. Part of it reads “The drug’s raw material comes from mucous membranes in the intestines of slaughtered pigs. Those membranes are mixed together and cooked, a process that in China often takes place in unregulated family workshops.

It is then transported to middlemen, called consolidators, who direct the product to plants in China that manufacture heparin’s active ingredient for shipment to either another trader or the finished dose manufacturer. In the United States , the tainted ingredients ended up at Baxter International.”

Read the full story here. .

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