Structural Formula




Heparin is a sulphated glycosaminoglycan, which occurs in various mammalian tissues including liver, lung and intestine. Heparin has the characteristic property of delaying blood clotting through its action on antithrombin III which inhibits the activity of thrombin and Factor Xa. Thrombin and Factor Xa influence conversion of fibrinogen to fibrin, which is the main clotting process.

NZP's heparin is of porcine intestinal mucosa origin and is manufactured to the standards of the US and British Pharmacopoeia and also to those of the Australian Therapeutic Goods Authority.

Use of Chemical

Heparin is mainly used in pharmaceutical products for the treatment of thrombosis, phlebitis and embolism. It is also used to prevent coagulation during dialysis and other extracorporeal procedures. Other medical uses include the anticoagulation of blood samples and the flushing of catheters and cannulas to prevent blood clotting.


  • CAS Number: 9041-08-1
  • Molecular Weight: 10,000 to 20,000
  • Packaging: Heparin is sealed in two polyethylene liners and packed in 5 or 10 kg plastic pails. Customer specific packaging can be provided.