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United States Congress House Committee on Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations

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The Heparin disaster : Chinese counterfeits and American failures : hearing before the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations of the Committee on Energy and Commerce, House of Representatives, One Hundred Tenth Congress, second session, April 29, 2008 by United States( )

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A hearing on the circumstances surrounding the catastrophe caused by the contamination of the drug heparin, an important anticoagulant, or blood thinner, that is widely used in surgery and dialysis. It is derived from pig intestines and has been marketed in the United States since the 1930's. As of April 29, 2008, contaminated heparin has been linked to at least 81 deaths and at least 785 severe allergic reactions in the United States. It is now estimated that China produces over half of heparin's active pharmaceutical ingredients. All of the tainted heparin was manufactured and produced in China
 
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