How is heparin made?
Animal products in medicine are a regular occurrence, and the production of heparin is no different. Heparin is made from the mucosal tissue harvested from animal organs. While this material can be harvested from pigs or cattle, pig mucosa is more commonly used.
What is heparin used for?
Heparin is an anticoagulant blood thinner medication. While blood thinners do not literally thin blood, they prevent the formation of blood clots. In normal circumstances, blood clots are helpful in healing cuts and wounds in the body. However, blood clots can also be dangerous, causing blockages that can result in life-threatening medical emergencies. While heparin does not get rid of existing blood clots, they can prevent the clots from getting bigger.
Common uses of heparin
- Treat and prevent blood clotting disorders
- Prevent blood clots in the lungs
- Prevent blockages in veins and arteries
- Prevent heart attacks
- Protect patients during surgery and during recovery
- Help aid processes like blood transfusions and kidney dialysis
Importance of quality porcine material
At SSR, we pride ourselves in our high standards and procedures to produce quality porcine materials. We work diligently with our customers to ensure that the products we produce meet industry standards and customer SOP. Our mission is to be a reliable partner for high-quality porcine materials and can meet the volume demands of any client. Through our innovative processes, we can help improve environmental sustainability through responsible harvesting, porcine stewardship and reduction in the waste stream.