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by Staff Writers
New York (AFP) April 22, 2008
A contaminated blood thinner from China linked to 81 deaths in the United States is present in drug supplies in 11 countries, the New York Times said Tuesday, citing federal regulators.
The US Food and Drug Administration Monday sent a warning letter to Changzhou SPL, the Chinese plant identified as the source of contaminated heparin sold by Baxter International in the United States, the Times said.
In its letter the FDA said the plant used unclean tanks to make heparin, accepted raw materials from an unacceptable vendor and had no way to remove impurities, according to the Times.
The FDA has identified 12 Chinese companies that have supplied contaminated heparin to Australia, Canada, China, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, New Zealand and the United States, the report said.
But it does not know the original source of the contamination or where it entered the supply chain, the Times said.
Originally posted by IchiNiSan
reply to post by jetxnet
And China would benefit far greater from maintaining a good relation with USA, why would you kill off your biggest customer?
Originally posted by centurion1211
OK. Then why is China exporting all these contaminated products - baby products, pet food, and now drugs? Is it poor quality control, or is that life is cheaper there due to so many people that, lose a few and who cares?
Nonethless we should be more stricter and perceive a zero-tolerance against quality issues.
Correction: July 18, 2007
An article in Business Day last Wednesday about China’s execution of a former food and drug regulator for taking bribes referred incorrectly to pet food that led to the deaths of cats and dogs in the United States. The ingredients came from China; the pet food itself was not “Chinese-made.” (It was produced in the United States.)
Originally posted by LLoyd45
China isn't the only country I'd be worried about purchasing drugs from. Remember all the ruckus back in 2004 over the Flu Vaccine made in England at the Chiron plant?