heparin heparin  /ˈhɛ pə rɪn/


  • (n) a polysaccharide produced in basophils (especially in the lung and liver) and that inhibits the activity of thrombin in coagulation of the blood; it (trade names Lipo-Hepin and Liquaemin) is used as an anticoagulant in the treatment of thrombosis and in heart surgery



  1. Heparin injections cost from $10 to $15 a day, must be dripped into a patient's veins continuously for about two weeks.
  2. Its name: heparin, a well-known anti-blood-clotting substance.
  3. He wanted some of the heparin that University of Toronto laboratories had just begun to extract from beef lungs and liver.


  • Covidien recalls some prefill flush syringes

    (Reuters) - Medical device maker Covidien Plc said it was recalling 14 lots of its Monoject prefill flush syringes sold in the United States and Bermuda as they contained non-sterilized water which could cause life-threatening infections. Some of the syringes, meant to administer saline or anti-clotting drug heparin, also had mismatched caps, labels and wrappers, the company said. (http://link ...
    on August 20, 2013     Source: Reuters via Yahoo! News

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  1. "China's State Food and Drug Administration and America's FDA are working closely together on the heparin investigation, and American investigators came to China to investigate and we supported them," Wu said at a news conference.
    on Mar 16, 2008 By: Wu Zhen Source: FOXNews

  2. "We have put in place processes that we believe can ensure the safety of the heparin supply within the United States," US Health and Human Services secretary Mike Leavitt told The Associated Press in an interview in Shanghai.
    on May 12, 2008 By: Mike Leavitt Source: Washington Post

  3. "The key question that Baxter must answer is this: Was your firm misled by FDA into believing that the Chinese firm was an approved supplier of an active ingredient for heparin? If not, then we are concerned that your company was knowingly...
    on Feb 21, 2008 By: Bart Stupak Source: Reuters

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