April 9, 2008
Heparin Toll Estimate Increased
The Washington Post reports that the FDA has increased its estimate of fatalities from contaminated heparin to 62.
The posting said that the reports of allergic reactions or low blood pressure after the administration of heparin do not mean the drug was the cause of death "in all cases." But the agency provided comparison statistics showing that in 2006, three people were reported to have died following allergic reactions to heparin.
In addition, FDA's month-by-month count of adverse-event reports involving heparin showed that 47 of the 62 deaths associated with allergic reactions occurred from November through February.
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