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Heparin Sodium Injection - Dec 8, 2006

Audience: Vascular surgeons, ER personnel, pharmacists, and other healthcare professionals

[Posted 12/08/2006] FDA notified healthcare professionals of revisions to the WARNINGS section of the prescribing information for Heparin to inform clinicians of the possibility of delayed onset of heparin-induced thrombocytopenia (HIT), a serious antibody-mediated reaction resulting from irreversible aggregation of platelets. HIT may progress to the development of venous and arterial thromboses, a condition referred to as heparin-induced thrombocytopenia and thrombosis (HITT). Thrombotic events may be the initial presentation for HITT which can occur up to several weeks after the discontinuation of heparin therapy. Patients presenting with thrombocytopenia or thrombosis after discontinuation of heparin should be evaluated for HIT and HITT.