Heparin Contamination

“Heparin is a prescription, injectable blood thinner, primarily used for hemodialysis and cardiac invasive procedures”. Recently, investigations found that the prescription drug has been contaminated with Serratia marcescens, which is a “rod-shaped bacterium that is involved in nosocomial infections, particularly catheter-associated bacteremia, urinary tract infections and wound infections and is commonly found in the respiratory and urinary tracts of hospitalized adults and in the gastrointestinal system of children”. The contamination of the Heparin prescription drug is the result in many patient infections. In 2008, the CDC made several investigations and confirmed that several unopened syringes containing the prescription has Serratia marcescens growth in it. Soon after, Baxter Healthcare Corp. voluntarily recalled 1000 units of the multi-dose vials that were contaminated with Serratia marcescens. Claims are being investigated further on behalf of many individuals who suffered side effects such as allergic reatcions to the prescription, catastrophic permanent injury or death due in regards to Heparin.

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