Heparin Victims Testify on Hill

Man outraged that drug was approved for sale
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 29, 2008 4:30 PM CDT
House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee Chairman Rep. Bart Stupak, D-Mich., left, greets Johanna Marie Staples of Toledo, Ohio, who lost her husband after receiving Heparin, Tuesday, April 29, 2008, on...   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Relatives of some of the 81 Americans whose deaths have been linked to tainted heparin told a Congressional subcommittee about their experiences today, Reuters reports. An Ohio man wept as he told lawmakers his wife and son, who had a genetic kidney disease, died within a month after being given heparin while undergoing dialysis. "I want to know if my daughter and the millions of others who continue to receive dialysis are safe," said Leroy Hubley.

The CEO of the drug's manufacturer, Baxter International, testified that the heparin contamination seemed purposeful: "We're alarmed that one of our products was used, in what appears to have been a deliberate scheme, to adulterate a life-saving medication, and that people have suffered as a result," said Robert Parkinson.