Who knew the main ingredient in Heparin, a blood-thinning drug, is cooked, dried pig intestines?
Although seemingly grotesque, dried pig intestines produce the enzyme, Heparin, which is processed to remove impurities by means of fractional precipitation, purification and chemical treatment.
It takes $900, and 3,500 pig intestines to produce Heparin. Therefore, the maker of Heparin, Baxter Healthcare Corporation, decided to substitute the more expensive, safer ingredients, for more dangerous ones.
Baxter identified a heparin-like-molecule, called over-sulfated chondroitin (OSCS), which mimics Heparin’s activities. OSC S only costs $9 to produce, however, the compound is not found in nature, and is not approved by the United States.
This significantly increases the likelihood that individuals who opt to use this drug will be exposed to more adverse side effects and reactions. This drug increases the risk and danger associated with a blood-thinning drug.
Without adequate knowledge of the pharmaceutical medications you are consuming, it is not unlikely you will encounter a drug that is not approved by the officials in our country. Please contact your personal injury lawyer at 800-242-2874 if you or someone you know has encountered a similar problem.