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Porcine materials can become helpful ingredients in a wide range of market uses. From food offerings, medical devices, industrial components and much more, harvesting porcine tissues continues to be a sustainable way to reduce waste in the pork industry. While many industries can benefit from porcine materials, the uses of porcine in medicine help create many products that save lives and improve the quality of life in humans and animals. Heparin, a medication made from porcine materials, is an excellent example of how pigs can help save lives.

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 and reduce the risks 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.

Heparin is commonly given through an IV during a hospital stay, though it can also be injected into one’s skin. The duration of heparin usage varies based on individual needs. While it acts quickly, its effects go away quickly as well. 

Common uses of heparin

  • Prevent blood clots in your brain (Stroke)
  • Treat and prevent blood clotting disorders
  • Prevent blood clots in the lungs (Pulmonary Embolism)
  • Prevent blockages in veins and arteries (Venous Thromboembolism)
  • 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. Join us in harnessing the benefits of porcine materials for a brighter and more sustainable future.

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