- Heparin contamination and the FDA
Scientists now have identified the contaminant that the FDA believes led to 81 deaths in the U.S. The contaminant was found in the common blood thinner heparin. It appears to have been intentionally substituted to make the drug more cheaply. Now Congress is calling on the FDA to better monitor foreign manufacturers of drug ingredients used by U.S. companies.9:06 a.m.
Walt Bogdanich: Investigative reporter for The New York Times. He just won a Pulitzer Prize, with Jake Hooker, for a series of stories on toxic ingredients in medicines imported from China.
Marcia Crosse: Director of health care for the Government Accountability Office (GAO). The GAO this week released a report on the FDA's foreign drug inspection program that said it would take nearly two decades for the federal agency to inspect all plants overseas.
- Friday Follow: Long-distance swimmer Lynne Cox
Lynne Cox talks about her latest long distance swim through the Northwest Passage near Greenland. Her account of the swim appears in the April 21 New Yorker magazine.9:45 a.m.
Lynne Cox: Cold water long-distance swimmer and author. Her most recent book is "Grayson."
- Risky business
Risk-taking comes in various guises, from climbing mountains to running a hedge fund. Midmorning looks at the nature and the psychology of risk, and why some are more inclined to push the limits than others.10:06 a.m.
Frank Farley: Laura H. Carnell professor of Educational Psychology at Temple University.
W. Scott Olsen: Professor of English at Concordia College in Moorhead and author of "Hard Air: Adventures from the Edge of Flying." He teaches a course at Concordia called "Adventure, Exploration, and Risk."
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