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In Brief / PHARMACEUTICALS

Heparin recalled in part of Europe

March 26, 2008|From Times Wire Services

French, Danish and Italian authorities began recalling batches of heparin or its active ingredient that may be contaminated, becoming the latest countries to remove from shelves a blood thinner associated with at least 19 deaths.

"It's a precautionary measure right now," Martin Harvey-Allchurch, a spokesman for the European Medicines Agency, said. The suspect ingredients were reportedly from China, he said.

There have been no reports of related fatalities in Denmark or Italy, he said.

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