Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Director's Comments: Heparin Safety

Listen to the NLM Director's Comments on Heparin Safety. The transcript is also available.

A medical mystery (why patients in several nations became ill or died after taking a widely used blood thinner) recently seemed closer to resolution — following some Congressional testimony by U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) officials and two insightful studies. Eighty one Americans died and 785 persons had allergic reactions in winter 2007 through spring 2008 after receiving heparin, a blood thinner that prevents blood clots and is common in kidney dialysis...


[Source: What's New on MedlinePlus]

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