U.S. FDA Approves Terumo BCT's Sodium Citrate 4% w/v Anticoagulant Solution Amid Shortage

July 18, 2018

LAKEWOOD, Colo. USA - July 18, 2018 - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently approved Terumo BCT's Sodium Citrate 4% w/v Anticoagulant Solution USP, indicated for anticoagulating whole blood during automated apheresis procedures. On an official FDA shortage list for over a year, sodium citrate anticoagulant solution is commonly used during apheresis procedures that collect plasma that is later used to treat serious medical conditions.

Terumo BCT is a global leader in blood component, therapeutic apheresis and cellular technologies with nearly 7,000 employees and manufacturing facilities in Belgium, India, Japan, the U.K., the U.S. and Vietnam. The company has 30 years of experience making pharmaceutical solutions. The newly approved sodium citrate will be available in the U.S. later this summer.

"We heard from numerous customers that the shortage of sodium citrate was starting to have an impact on patients," said Tim Costello, a vice president of Terumo BCT. "This FDA approval will help alleviate the U.S. shortage and improve patient lives."

Terumo BCT's manufacturing facility in Larne, U.K., specializes in liquid solutions including Sodium Citrate 4% w/v Anticoagulant Solution USP. The company has supplied parts of Europe, Asia and Australia with this same sodium citrate product for more than 10 years.

Sodium citrate is used by blood centers and plasma collection organizations. The solution is also used in plasma fractionation, a process that enables the derivatives to be used in pharmaceuticals.

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