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Quaids Settle for $750K in Babies' Overdose

(Newser) - Dennis Quaid and his wife have settled for $750,000 with a Los Angeles hospital that accidentally overdosed their newborns on a blood-thinning drug last year, People reports. The twins, who fought for their lives after receiving Heparin, are now in good health, giving the story what Quaid called a... More »

Heparin Victims Testify on Hill

Man outraged that drug was approved for sale

(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... More »

Deadly Heparin Found in 11 Nations

FDA traces tainted Chinese blood thinner that killed 81

(Newser) - The FDA has traced a contaminated blood thinner from a Chinese factory to 11 countries, the New York Times reports. Severe reactions to the contaminated heparin have been linked to the deaths of 81 Americans, but it wasn't immediately clear if the drug may have triggered fatalities in other countries.... More »

Feds ID Extra Drug in Baxter's Recalled Heparin

FDA unsure if chemical was behind reactions to blood-thinner

(Newser) - The Food and Drug Administration has identified the extra ingredient found in samples of Baxter’s blood-thinning drug heparin, the Wall Street Journal reports today. Some batches of the drug—recalled in January after reports of allergic reactions—contained over-sulfated chondroitin sulfate, but it is not certain that was the... More »

Quaid Speaks Out on Medical Mistakes

CBS interview highlights nationwide epidemic of preventable deaths

(Newser) - Dennis Quaid has gone on record about the frightening ordeal of his newborn twins receiving massive overdoses of blood thinners, and now he's going on 60 Minutes to ratchet up his information campaign. Quaid's interview, which will be broadcast tomorrow evening, uses his own harrowing story to highlight medical errors... More »

Blood Thinner Woes Hit Germany

100 may have been sickened by heparin not tied to Baxter

(Newser) - Heparin blood thinners may have sickened as many as 100 people in Germany, health officials report. The FDA is currently investigating the drug after it was linked to 19 deaths and hundreds of allergic reactions in the US, possibly due to contaminants from China. The agency is now recommending that... More »

FDA Finds Contaminant in Blood Thinner

Substance discovered in heparin, linked to 19 deaths nationwide

(Newser) - The FDA has found a contaminant in samples of heparin, a blood thinner produced mainly in China linked to 19 deaths and nearly 800 allergic reactions in the US, the New York Times reports. The contaminant may be a counterfeit form of heparin added to reduce its manufacturing cost. The... More »

Possible Heparin Deaths Increase; Recall Expands

FDA investigating 'deficiencies' at plant in China

(Newser) - Baxter International has expanded its recall of heparin products as the FDA said the number of deaths possibly linked to the blood thinner rose from 4 to 21, the New York Times reports. The agency said it found "deficiencies" at a Chinese plant that supplied the active ingredient. Baxter,... More »

Heparin Supply Chain Shaky in China

Troubles could trace back to vulnerable raw materials

(Newser) - With at least four US patients dead and hundreds suffering complications from the blood-thinning drug heparin, the New York Times follows the supply chain back to Chinese slaughterhouses that deal with the pig intestines that provide raw material for the drug. Though companies say the chain is secure, the Times... More »

FDA Approved Wrong China Firm

Hundreds ill, 4 dead after using heparin from factory never inspected

(Newser) - The Chinese facility that supplied the active ingredient of the blood-thinner heparin, linked to hundreds of adverse reactions and four US deaths, was never inspected by the FDA because the agency confused it with another plant of the same name, the Washington Post reports. The company was given approval based... More »

Chinese Factory Linked to Deadly US Drug

Blood-thinner 's active ingredient from plant not FDA inspected

(Newser) - The active ingredient in a drug linked to four deaths and hundreds of adverse reactions in the US has been traced to a Chinese factory which has never been inspected by the FDA, reports the Wall Street Journal. The drug is a blood-thinner made by Baxter International, a   version... More »

Quaids Speak Out About Ordeal

Newborns 'overdosed while we're there,' actor says

(Newser) - Dennis and Kimberly Quaid trusted their sick newborns to an LA hospital, and less than 9 hours later, the children's lives were in danger. "Our kids could have been dying," the actor says, "and we wouldn't have been able to come down to the hospital to say... More »

Quaids Sue Drug Firm Over OD

Actor alleges packaging led to infants' nearly fatal overdose

(Newser) - Actor Dennis Quaid and his wife filed a lawsuit against Baxter International, maker of the blood thinner Heparin, after their newborn twins nearly died of an overdose, the Chicago Tribune reports. The couple said Baxter was negligent because it packaged two different strengths of the drug, one a thousand times... More »

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