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Jury Awards $650k In First Baxter, Heparin Lawsuit

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The first of hundreds of lawsuits filed against Baxter International Inc., and its supplier Scientific Protein Laboratories has been settled. A Cook County Circuit Court jury awarded $625,000 to the estate of Steven Johansen, 63, of Oak Forest  who received low doses of contaminated heparin in December 2007, then later received higher doses of the drug and died December 13 the same year.

The lawsuits were filed after U.S. regulators discovered that between late 2007 and early 2008, Heparin, a popular blood thinner, was contaminated with “an animal like substance known as over-sulfated chondroitin sulfate”, a “man-made ‘fake heparin’” which causes, “among other effects, potentially fatal allergic reactions, ” said an attorney for the estate.

The FDA began investigating Heparin after scores of reports of death and illness from patients who used the drug. Baxter recalled the contaminated Heparin, which internal records show the company referred to the drug as the “the cheap stuff” in 2008.

Baxter said in a statement,  “Both the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and FDA identified a well-defined and discrete set of symptoms potentially associated with heparin contamination.” And that  “Baxter will vigorously defend claims that are not consistent with the definition established by public health authorities.” disclaimer: This article: Jury Awards $650k In First Baxter, Heparin Lawsuit was posted on Friday, June 10th, 2011 at 7:55 pm at and is filed under Defective Drug Lawsuits.

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