Andrew Pazandak

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To the Editor: Contaminated heparin was associated with at least 149 deaths in 2007 and 2008, according to the information published at the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) website (http://www.fda.gov/ Drugs/DrugSafety/PostmarketDrug SafetyInformationforPatientsandProviders/ ucm112669.htm). Sasisekharan and his colleagues1–3 have analyzed 6 lots of(More)
Contaminated heparin was linked to at least 149 deaths and hundreds of adverse reactions. Published report indicates that heparin contaminants were a natural impurity, dermatan sulfate, and a contaminant, oversulfated chondroitin sulfate (OSCS). OSCS was assumed to derive from animal cartilage. By analyzing 26 contaminated heparin lots from different(More)
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