Germany Asks Cos. To Look For Tainted Heparin

Law360 (March 13, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Germany's drug safety regulator ordered companies in the country on Wednesday to test their stocks of heparin, a blood thinner at the center of an international recall, for any signs of contamination.

Last week, Rotexmedica GmbH, a unit of Groupe Panpharma, recalled three batches of heparin in Germany after 80 dialysis patients who took the drug experienced allergic reactions to it.

On Wednesday, the Federal Institute for Drugs and Medical Devices asked 10 heparin manufacturers to carry out additional tests and hopes to get results soon. Ulrich Hagemann, who oversees pharmaceutical safety for the agency, called the directive a “precautionary measure.”...

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