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Thursday, February 14, 2008

Chinese Drug Contamination - 4 Deaths possible link

Page one from the Wall Street Journal - China Plant Played Role In Drug Tied to 4 Deaths - There blog has some comments.

Key Points:
  • The drug thinner Heparin had production halted by Baxter, which has 50% of the market share
  • FDA may only inspect around 7% of foreign drug-making facilities in a given year.
  • FDA has not inspected the plant ever, and it has been making the drug ingredient for Baxter for 20 years.
  • China is now the world's largest producer of active pharmaceutical ingredient
  • The Chinese plant may not be the reason for the 4 deaths.
  • This is scary - FDA "cannot provide the exact number of foreign establishments that have never been inspected."

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