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CAN WE TRUST LARGE COMPANIES TO PROTECT US? NO, JUST LOOK AT WHAT HAPPENED TO THE QUAID FAMILY. HERE IS A HELP GUIDE FOR THOSE AFFECTED BY IMPROPER DOSAGES OF DRUGS

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Recently Dennis and Kimberly Quaid agreed to a $750,000 legal settlement for medical errors involving massive doses of Heparin given to their newborn twins at birth. Under the agreement, the Southern California Hospital, Cedars Sinai Medical Center got a slap on the wrist with a $25,000 fine and staff retraining and the Quaid family sued the manufacturer of the drug, Baxter Healthcare Corporation.
Heparin is a life saving drug for millions of patients to avoid potentially life-threatening blood clots. It is administered intravenously to patients who are in need of a blood thinner in emergency /operating rooms and dialysis centers. However, recently its manufacturer, Baxter International has faced scrutiny regarding its product labeling, adverse effects and some deaths.
In addition to the labeling errors, which were the reason for the Quaid family lawsuit, the company is now facing several lawsuits and severe scrutiny due to the contamination of the Heparin drug causing 81 known deaths to date.
The Federal Drug Administration (FDA) has received several hundred complaints of serious allergic reaction associated with Heparin in the last year. This in turn led to a hearing by congress to investigate the high rate of claims to the FDA and what they were doing to solve the problem. They concluded that this was the worst case of poisoning since the Tylenol poisonings of 1982.
The FDA identified Changzou SPL, a Chinese subsidiary of Scientific Protein Laboratories as the source of the contamination. The contaminant, over sulfated chondroitan sulfate, which cost a mere $9.00 per pound compared to Heparin at $900. It was hinted that this was nothing short of economic sabotage.
An FDA investigator admitted that it violated its own policies by not inspecting this Chinese plant until 2007 even though Baxter Healthcare had already been given the green light since 2004 to purchasing this product.
Chinese officials, worried about bad publicity are disputing claims of deliberate contamination. They are arguing over who has the right to come on their property and inspect their facilities.
How many more cases like this one must the American public endure before our leaders take some sort of action to protect the public? Until that time comes, remember, information is power and you can always find a list of recalled drugs at the FDA’s website at www.fda.gov/
Even though the Bush Administration has proposed increases to this agency’s budget next year, critics argue that it is not enough to adequately monitor not only this drug plant, but the over 700 approved Chinese drug plants that we receive ingredients from. The agency admits that it only has the manpower to inspect 10 to 20 per year. At that rate it will take 40 to 50 years to inspect them all.
Have you been injured in a medical-related accident? If so, don’t hesitate to contact a professional personal injury attorney immediately. They will help sort through the maze of paperwork to allow you to recover.

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