Heparin contaminated 'on purpose'
America's drugs watchdog believes that Chinese-made ingredients for a blood-thinning drug may have been deliberately contaminated.
So now it looks like we are at the mercy of Chinese sickos as well as our own. Why is this news on the BBC and not on our own networks?
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said earlier that a chemical contaminant had been found in some batches of the drug heparin.
It has linked the contaminant to hundreds of severe allergic reactions and dozens of deaths across the US.
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Baxter International Chief Executive Robert Parkinson said the company was "alarmed that one of our products was used in what appears to have been a deliberate scheme to adulterate a life-saving medication".
The company has recalled the heparin and imports from the Chinese supplier have been blocked.
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