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    FDA: US Heparin Supply Not Impacted by African Swine Fever in China

    With shortage concerns looming, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Monday said that the US heparin supply is not being impacted by the African swine fever in China. “The majority of manufacturers reported no such issues related to African swine fever,” FDA said after reaching out to heparin suppliers. “FDA continues to be in regular contact with US heparin suppliers and manufacturers as this situation evolves.” The update from FDA follows a letter sent in ...
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    House Committee Seeks FDA Briefing on Heparin Supply

    The House Energy & Commerce (E&C) Committee leaders sent a letter on Tuesday to US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Acting Commissioner Ned Sharpless seeking further information on how FDA is monitoring the supply of the anticoagulant heparin. The letter notes how the US is reliant on China for its supply heparin, which in turn is reliant on China’s pig supply. Recently, China struggled to contain an outbreak of African swine fever and will lose about 150 million of i...
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    Chinese Heparin Manufacturer Receives Statement of GMP Noncompliance

    Sichuan, China-based Yibin Lihao Bio-technology Co. earlier this month received a statement of noncompliance with good manufacturing practices (GMP) from the Italian Medicines Agency. The statement followed an inspection at the firm’s crude heparin manufacturing site on 31 October 2018. The extraction of substance from animal sources, certain physical processing and packaging steps and biological testing were found to be noncompliant. The inspection identified 24 GMP...
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    Chinese Heparin Contamination Questions Return With New FDA Warning Letter

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released a warning letter on Wednesday for China-based heparin contract testing lab, Shandong Analysis and Test Center, reigniting a debate over whether the questionable sources of heparin that led to almost 100 American deaths a decade ago have been rooted out. Background In 2007 and 2008, heparin sourced from Chinese manufacturers was linked to the deaths, though House Energy & Commerce committee members expressed co...
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    House Committee Asks FDA for More Info on Contaminated Heparin Investigations

    Four Republicans on the House Committee on Energy & Commerce sent a letter on Wednesday to US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) acting commissioner Stephen Ostroff seeking additional information on FDA’s investigations into a heparin contamination crisis from a decade ago that are now closed. In 2007 and 2008, heparin sourced from Chinese manufacturers was linked to the deaths of nearly 150 Americans. Questions of contamination resurfaced last year when French regula...
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    FDA Warns Chinese Heparin Manufacturer, Reigniting Questions of Contamination

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Tuesday released a warning letter sent earlier this month to a China-based manufacturer of heparin—the same manufacturer warned by French regulators last March. The letter says the company used crude heparin batches that potentially were out of specification (OOS) to manufacture heparin sodium for the US market and shows that previous issues related to heparin sourced from Chinese active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) manufac...
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    FDA Continues Crackdown on Noncompliant Chinese Pharmaceutical Manufacturers

    Three more Chinese pharmaceutical companies were added to two US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) import alert lists this week for failing to meet the good manufacturing practice (GMP) standards of FDA and for refusing an FDA inspection. On Wednesday, FDA added Xinxiang Pharmaceutical Co. and  Xinxiang Tuoxin Biochemical Co., noting: “Only drug and drug products (i.e. adenosine, choline, uridine, uracil, cytidine, inosine, and all pharmaceutical intermediates) are sub...
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    Congressmen Slam FDA’s Handling of Investigation Into Tainted Chinese Heparin

    Several members of the House Committee on Energy & Commerce are raising new concerns over the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) investigation into intentionally adulterated Chinese heparin that led to the deaths of 149 Americans in 2007 and 2008. One of the lingering concerns in the letter sent to FDA Commissioner Robert Califf on Wednesday is that a lack of communication between FDA’s Office of Criminal Investigations (OCI) and its Center for Drug Evaluation and R...
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    Chinese Heparin Sourcing Questions Resurface After ANSM Inspection

    France's National Agency for Medicines and Health Products Safety (ANSM) raised two critical deficiencies over a Chinese pharmaceutical company’s manufacture of heparin, which harkens back to the scandal from 2007 and 2008 when heparin sourced from Chinese manufacturers killed 149 Americans. Following the December inspection of Dongying Tiandong Pharmaceutical Co.’s Dongying City-based manufacturing site, the site has been issued a statement of non-compliance and cannot ...
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    Chinese Company Used Suppliers Linked to Contaminated Heparin Scandal, FDA Claims

    A Chinese-based manufacturer of heparin products has been sent a Warning Letter by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) after regulators accused the company of preventing FDA inspectors from accessing the facility earlier this year, and possibly manufacturing contaminated products. Background In its 29 September 2014 Warning Letter to Beijing Shunxin Meihua Bio-technical Co., Ltd, FDA said its inspectors were unable to access the majority of the company's Beijing...
  • New FDA Guidance Aims to Better Assess Side Effects of Low Molecular Weight Heparins

    Patients being treated with low-molecular weight heparins-anticoagulants used to prevent and treat blood clots-are susceptible to potentially fatal adverse events known as heparin-induced thrombocytopenia ( HIT ). A new guidance document published by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) hopes to better warn patients of those risks through strengthened testing requirements. Background As FDA explains in its new guidance document, Immunogenicity-Related Consideratio...
  • Legislators Say Acquisition of US Pork Supplier Would Imperil Safety, Availability of Heparin

    House legislators are bringing new and critical attention to a proposed purchase of Virginia-based Smithfield foods, the world's largest pork processor, by Chinese company Shuanghui International, citing a past healthcare product regulation scandal that left dozens dead and few questions answered. Background In 2007 and 2008, regulators were left scrambling as dozens US citizens died after consuming products contaminated with adulterated heparin, a substance derived fro...