An Illinois jury has awarded $625,000 to the estate of a man given the blood thinner heparin that was contaminated with fake ingredients sourced in China.

It was the first verdict in hundreds of lawsuits filed against Baxter International Inc. and its supplier, Scientific Protein Laboratories, after federal regulators determined in 2008 that heparin was contaminated with a nutritional supplement that mimics the real drug in routine tests for potency.

Lawyers argued that Steven Johansen of suburban Chicago received low doses of contaminated heparin in December 2007 during dialysis. He later received a higher dosage and died.

After heparin was linked to hundreds of life-threatening allergic reactions, Baxter recalled the drug.


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