Latest Baxter International Stories

2008-07-30 12:15:00

U.S. health officials say they have been able to connect three deaths to a contaminated batch of the blood-thinning drug heparin. A spike in the number of allergic reactions by hospital patients injected with the drug prompted its manufacturer, Baxter International Inc., of suburban Chicago, to pull the heparin from distribution in February. Since then, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has been examining reports of 93 deaths related to heparin. An FDA scientist told the Chicago Tribune...

2008-05-15 12:58:17

Recalling how his newborn twins were nearly killed from an accidental drug overdose, actor Dennis Quaid testified before the U.S. Congress Wednesday, urging them to maintain the rights of patients to sue drugmakers for injuries. The Quaid twins were injured while in the hospital last year and mistakenly received an overdose of the blood-thinning drug Heparin, made by Baxter International Inc. Quaid and his wife have since sued the company, arguing that the drug is kept in bottles that are not...

2008-04-21 21:00:00

In a letter sent to Changzhou SPL Co., the Chinese manufacturer of an ingredient found in heparin, the Food and Drug Administration warned that the company did not have proper methods of ensuring that impurities are removed from the controversial blood-thinning drug. The letter was released just hours after Chinese officials announced that they doubted the contaminant, known as oversulfated chondroitin, was the root cause of several allergic reactions in U.S. patients. The FDA told Changzhou...

2008-04-02 21:00:00

CHICAGO -- Baxter International Inc. faces a growing number of lawsuits from families who blame the company's blood-thinning drug heparin for deaths of loved ones. Heparin was used by millions of people to prevent drug clots during dialysis and other medical procedures. The latest wrongful death suit was filed Wednesday in Cook County, Ill., by the widower of an Iowa woman who died at home during kidney dialysis on Nov. 30. Mark Scott of Davenport accuses Baxter of selling defective...

2008-04-02 06:05:00

Chopped pig pancreas may not sound appetizing. But most cystic fibrosis patients eat a refined version of it each breakfast, lunch and dinner - five large capsules a meal - to supply enzymes that their bodies do not produce. The pills are life-sustaining for most of the nearly 30,000 people in the United States with cystic fibrosis, a hereditary disease that attacks the lungs and digestive tract. But partly because of the drug's source there have been longstanding concerns about those...

2008-03-07 09:40:00

The controversy over blood-thinning drug heparin got thicker as dialysis patients in Germany reported sickness after using a different brand of the product.On January 17, 2008 the drug's distributor Baxter International voluntarily recalled heparin "as a precautionary measure due to a higher than usual number of reports of adverse patient reactions involving the product and suspended production," according to a press release.However, Baxter was not named as the root of the recent problem in...

2008-03-06 12:33:54

The Food and Drug Administration announced on Wednesday that it is investigating the blood thinning drug heparin for what appears to be a fake ingredient.The drug's distributor, Baxter International, voluntarily recalled nine lots of heparin sodium injection multi-dose vials on January 17, 2008 "as a precautionary measure due to a higher than usual number of reports of adverse patient reactions involving the product and suspended production," according to a press release."The safety and...

2006-03-06 17:15:00

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Baxter Healthcare Corp. said on Monday that a study has verified the successful inactivation of the bird flu virus during processes routinely used in the production of its plasma-derived therapeutics. The study showed that the bird flu virus is inactivated through proven processes such as pasteurization, vapor heating, low pH and solvent detergent treatment methods.

2005-12-13 10:40:47

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Baxter International Inc. said on Tuesday U.S. regulators have pegged its September recall of kidney dialysis equipment a Class I recall, a designation given to products that could cause serious harm or death. Baxter on September 28, 2005, issued an urgent product recall letter to customers over its Meridian hemodialysis instrument system, instructing them to route blood tubing through only one of two channel clips to reduce the risk of kinks. Baxter said one...

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  • A vial or small glass bottle, especially one for holding vinegar, oil, etc.; a caster for liquids.
This word is Middle English in origin, and ultimately comes from the Old French, diminutive of 'crue,' flask.