Attention Heparin users and PICC line members!!

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   Posted 3/2/2008 4:28 PM (GMT -6)   
PainInFL said...

I had a major setback right after my last post that may be of interest to you or someone you know. I have a PICC line and use Heparin. There was a major recall in the product from a company called Sierra Pre-Filled as it was contaminated with a gram negative bacteria called Serratia Marcescens. I was one of 13 people in the two FL Panhandle counties that got sick. I was extremely ill and could have died from it but made it through and my final culture came up negative a few weeks ago. It was quite the scare. I still have bad side effects from the infection. It was the last thing I needed!

Since that recall, there has been another from a company called Baxter. So, if you know anyone that uses Heparin (typically cancer, leukemia, lyme, anyone with an IV that does infusions at home) please pass the word. There has been several deaths and many people who are already chronically ill becoming sicker. Very Sad!

Take Care,


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   Posted 3/3/2008 10:55 PM (GMT -6)   
Sad and scarey!
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