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FDA Issues Warning About Heparin

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The FDA on Monday advised doctors to refrain from using Heparin made by Baxter Healthcare after receiving 350 reports this year of vomiting, nausea and breathing difficulty. Heparin is a blood thinner used in surgery and dialysis. Officials first noticed problems after four children who were injected with heparin suffered serious allergic reactions. Government inspectors are examining Baxter’s manufacturing sites to determine the cause of the problem, the FDA said. Baxter said it will temporarily stop manufacturing the drug and will cooperate with the investigation.