Heparin Recalled in France, Italy, and Denmark

The heparin contamination recall continues and has now spread to other European countries. Earlier this month, Germany recalled its heparin and now France, Denmark, and Italy are recalled batches of the contaminated heparin. The culprit appears to be the same as the one that sparked the recall of Chinese heparin imported by the United States. The contaminant in question is over-sulfated chondroitin sulfate. On Friday, France began recalling heparin manufactured by Rotexmedica GmbH. The recalls in Denmark and Italy were a result of the heparin’s raw ingredients coming from China. The European Union countries are working in conjunction with the US FDA in monitoring and testing the heparin.