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Heparin Victims' Relatives Urge Drug-Safety Reform

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Heparin Victims' Relatives Urge Drug-Safety Reform

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Heparin Victims' Relatives Urge Drug-Safety Reform

Heparin Victims' Relatives Urge Drug-Safety Reform

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Lawmakers investigating drug safety heard for the first time Tuesday from family members of patients killed by the tainted blood-thinner Heparin. Meantime, the drug maker Baxter International said the contamination appeared to be deliberate.

On Capitol Hill, families urged members of a House Energy and Commerce subcommittee to do more to protect the nation's drug supply.

The Food and Drug Administration has linked at least 81 deaths and hundreds of severe reactions to the blood-thinner that contained contaminated ingredients imported from China.

Baxter Chairman Robert Parkinson testified that the contamination was intentional