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Thimerosal Preservative - Biotech, Pharma and Life Science Channel

23:36 EDT 5th May 2016 | BioPortfolio

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

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Neurodevelopment of Amazonian children exposed to ethylmercury (from Thimerosal in vaccines) and methylmercury (from fish).

Few studies have addressed co-occurring methylmercury (MeHg) from maternal origin and ethylmercury (EtHg) from Thimerosal-containing vaccines (TCVs) during infant's neurodevelopment. We studied childr...

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Protein Sciences and UNIGEN Reach Agreement to Source Flublok® Influenza Vaccine from Japan

MERIDEN, Conn. and PEARL RIVER, N.Y., Feb. 12, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Protein Sciences Corporation (Meriden, CT and Pearl River, NY) and UMN Pharma Inc. (Akita, Akita prefecture, Japan) announ...

Flublok® Influenza Vaccine Approved in Mexico

MERIDEN, Conn., Nov. 18, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Protein Sciences Corporation, manufacturer of Flublok®, is pleased to announce that Laboratorios Liomont, S.A. de C.V. (Liomont), a leading Mexican p...

Protein Sciences Awarded a Small Business Innovation Research Grant for the Development of a Novel Adenovirus Vaccine

MERIDEN, Conn., Nov. 12, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Protein Sciences Corporation, makers of Flublok® Influenza Vaccine, announced today that they have been awarded a Phase I Small Busine...

Protein Sciences President and CEO Manon Cox Elected as 2015 Fellow of the International Society for Vaccines

MERIDEN, Conn., Oct. 29, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Protein Sciences Corporation, the makers of Flublok®Influenza Vaccine, announced today that Dr. Manon Cox, President and CEO, was elected as a 2015 F...

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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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