An article in the New York Times outlines how LeRoy Hubley lost his wife and son from an allergic reaction to contaminated heparin. The FDA believes the contamination was deliberate but they have been prevented from inspecting the Chinese plants that made the drug.
So far, 81 deaths have been linked to a contaminant in the blood thinner, Heparin. Dr. Janet Woodcock, director of the FDA said a third of the material in some batches of Heparin was the contaminant.
This may be the worst poisoning episode since 1982 when seven people in the Chicago area died after taking Tylenol that had been laced with cyanide.
David Strunce, the CEO of Scientific Protein Laboratories, the company that supplied the Heparin said it was an “insidious act that seems to us an intentional act upstream in the supply chain.”
I am appalled that the FDA doesn’t do more to find the culprit.