Serious Allergic Reactions Linked to Heparin
Last Updated on June 26, 2017
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At A Glance
- This Alert Affects
- Patients receiving Heparin between Oct. 2007 and March 1, 2008 who experienced a drop in blood pressure shortly after receiving Heparin. Also, families of patients who experienced coma or death after receiving Heparin.
- Several lots of Heparin have allegedly caused allergic reactions, including some instances of anaphylactic shock.
- Additional Details
- Heparin is used as an anticoagulant, or blood thinner. This medication is used to prevent and treat blood clots in lungs, arteries and veins. Heparin is commonly used before certain types of surgery.
- Several lots of Heparin were recalled in in Jan. 2008 after reports of nearly 100 serious allergic reactions.
Manufactured by Baxter International, Heparin is a quick acting blood thinner that used in dialysis and surgery. Heparin prevents blood clots in the veins, arteries, and lungs.
In Jan. 2008, several lots of Heparin were recalled after approximately 100 reports of serious allergic reactions. Baxter announced it would suspend the manufacturer until further research had been done. In Feb. 2008, The FDA advised doctors to discontinue use of Heparin as 350 reports of adverse side effects were reported. The FDA also received notice of four deaths linked to the drug. In cases where side effects were reported, Heparin was administered in high doses over a short period of time.
Eventually, in late Feb. 2008, the FDA recalled all Heparin products as they had been linked to 400 serious reactions and up to 21 deaths. These serious Heparin side effects including anaphylactic shock, tachycardia, decreased blood pressure, loss of consciousness, dyspnea, pharyngeal edema and heart palpitations. If you or a loved one has suffered adverse side effects while taking Heparin, you may be entitled to compensation for your damages and losses.
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