Baxter is having more problems with its heparin. The FDA is investigating whether the deaths of two patients in Delaware are linked to a brand of heparin blood thinner that they sell in intravenous bags. Thankfully, the FDA reports that this “appears to be an isolated incident.” China Heparin Debacle #2.
It is hard to understate how important heparin is as a product. Baxter sells about 100,000 vials a day. There are approximately 450,000 people in this country on dialysis and Heparin is used by virtually almost all of them. Heparin is also frequently used in heart surgery.