Thimerosal Preservative - Biotech, Pharma and Life Science Channel

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Thimerosal is a mercury-based preservative that has been used for decades in the United States in multi-dose vials (vials containing more than one dose) of some vaccines to prevent the growth of germs, bacteria and fungi, that can contaminate them.

What are preservatives and why are they sometimes used in vaccines?

Preservatives have been used in vaccines for more than 70 years and are added to vaccines to prevent the growth of bacteria or fungi that could possibly make the vaccine in multi-dose vials unsafe. This may occur when a syringe needle enters a vial as a vaccine is being prepared for administration. Contamination by germs in a vaccine could cause serious infections.

Source: CDC

PubMed Articles [6 Associated PubMed Articles listed on BioPortfolio]

Reply to correspondence letter "Krakow's children cohort and long term follow-up of Thimerosal exposure - design and statistics".

Long (27-nucleotides) small inhibitory RNAs targeting E6 protein eradicate effectively the cervical cancer cells harboring human papilloma virus.

This study was to identify small inhibitory RNAs (siRNAs) that are effective in inhibiting growth of cervical cancer cell lines harboring human papilloma virus (HPV) and to examine how siRNAs interact...

Early exposure to the combined measles-mumps-rubella vaccine and thimerosal-containing vaccines and risk of autism spectrum disorder.

This case-control study investigated the relationship between the risk of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) onset, and early exposure to the combined Measles-Mumps-Rubella (MMR) vaccine and thimerosal co...

Effects of Contact Lens Solution Disinfectants against Filamentous Fungi.

To assess and compare the antifungal activity of polyhexamethylene biguanide (PHMB), thimerosal, cetylpyridinium chloride, and chlorhexidine, which are disinfectants used in multipurpose disinfectant ...

Determination of thimerosal in pharmaceutical industry effluents and river waters by HPLC coupled to atomic fluorescence spectrometry through post-column UV-assisted vapor generation.

A high performance liquid chromatography coupled with atomic fluorescence spectrometry method for the determination of thimerosal (sodium ethylmercury thiosalicylate, C9H9HgNaO2S), ethylmercury, and i...

Exposure to Mercury and Aluminum in Early Life: Developmental Vulnerability as a Modifying Factor in Neurologic and Immunologic Effects.

Currently, ethylmercury (EtHg) and adjuvant-Al are the dominating interventional exposures encountered by fetuses, newborns, and infants due to immunization with Thimerosal-containing vaccines (TCVs)....

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FDA Grants 12 Year Exclusivity to Flublok® Influenza Vaccine

MERIDEN, Conn., June 3, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Protein Sciences Corporation announced that in a rare move, the FDA is granting exclusivity to Flublok for a period of 12 years. Flublok is the first ...

Mercury Rules Are a Toxic Double Standard, States Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons

TUCSON, Ariz., June 2, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- New U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rules aimed at curbing mercury emissions, which mainly affect coal-fired electrical generating pla...

Protein Sciences New York Facility Receives FDA Licensure to Manufacture Flublok®

MERIDEN, Conn., May 13, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Protein Sciences Corporation announced that on May 12, 2015 the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) licensed its Pearl River, NY manufacturing facility...

Protein Sciences and the CT Association for Healthcare at Home Will Provide Flublok® to Connecticut Home Health and Hospice Agencies

MERIDEN, Conn., May 5, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Protein Sciences Corporation, along with The Connecticut Association for Healthcare at Home (CTH@H), announced a new partnership today that will bring ...

Glaxo Recalls Flu Vaccine Due to Potency Issue

GlaxoSmithKline is recalling the FluLaval Quadrivalent Thimerosal-Free vaccine because it may offer suboptimal protection against some influenza strains. News Alerts

GSK Recalls Flu Vaccine

GSK notifies CDC and FDA that it is recalling the remaining doses of its 2014–2015 flu vaccine, Flulaval Quadrivalent Thimerosal-free Pre-Filled Syringes, due to decreased potency. Date: ...

Glaxo Recalls Flu Vaccine Due to Potency Problem

GlaxoSmithKline is recalling a popular four-in-one flu vaccine because its effectiveness can decline over time.   The company alerted U.S. customers Tuesday that the vaccine can lose potency and fa...

Pre-Booking for Flublok® Influenza Vaccine Now Available from Cardinal Health and McKesson

MERIDEN, Conn., Feb. 24, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Protein Sciences Corporation  announced today it has expanded distribution options for its revolutionary Flublok influenza vaccine and that pre-...

Clinical Efficacy Study of Flublok® Quadrivalent Compares Flublok to a Traditional Egg-based Flu Vaccine

MERIDEN, Conn., Jan. 29, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Protein Sciences Corporation announced today that results from a double-blinded comparative efficacy study of Flublok Quadrivalent in adults over 50 ...

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Research in Skin Inflammation

This study will examine the production of proteins called chemokines in inflammatory skin reactions. It is thought that chemokines attract or recruit white blood cells from the blood stre...

Mercury Levels in Premature and LBW Infants Receiving Thimerosal-containing Vaccines

The goal of the study is to find out how much mercury is in the blood, urine, and stools of premature and low birth weight infants who have received standard childhood vaccines that are gi...

Clinical Evaluation of T.R.U.E. TEST® Fragrance Mix and Thimerosal Allergens:Bioequivalence of PVP Formulations

An open, prospective, multi-center study to evaluate the bioequivalence of polyvinylpyrrolidone formulations of T.R.U.E. TEST fragrance mix and thimerosal allergens.


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Medical and Biotech [MESH] Definitions

An ethylmercury-sulfidobenzoate that has been used as a preservative in VACCINES; ANTIVENINS; and OINTMENTS. It was formerly used as a topical antiseptic. It degrades to ethylmercury and thiosalicylate.


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