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BLOOD-CLOTTING MEDICATION IS RECALLED

A blood-clotting drug is being recalled because of contamination by an organism that could cause life-threatening infection in people with weakened immune systems.

Two lots of Amicar Syrup 25% were found during routine testing to contain the organism, Candida parapsilosis, Immunex Corp., the Seattle-based maker of the drug, said Wednesday.

Immunex, which initiated the recall with the Food and Drug Administration, said "the risk of infection is remote" and that infection from the organism is treatable with available medications.

However, the company said patients should return any Amicar Syrup 25% received on or after June 1 to the pharmacy where it was purchased. The recall does not involve tablet or intravenous forms of Amicar, Immunex said.

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