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Alphabetical Listing of Reference Documents by Title
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Mercury in Plasma-Derived Products
Abstract: FDA fact sheet on mercury ingredients, such as thimerosal, in plasma-derived products.
Source: U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA)
Abstract: This portion of the Health Care Without Harm website lists state laws, local ordinances and resolutions from throughout the United States banning the manufacture, sale or distribution of mercury-containing devices. This list includes links to the actual text of each of the laws, ordinances and resolutions.
Source: Health Care Without Harm
State Government Regulations:2005 Legislation: Eliminating Mercury in Health Care Setting
Abstract: This portion of the American Nurses Association web site provides an overview of legislation related to the elimination of mercury in health care devices in the United States for 2005. A map of the U.S. is provided, showing where such legislation has been introduced or enacted in 2005, and where such legislation has been enacted in prior years.
Source: American Nurses Association (ANA)
The Mercury Menace (Chicago Tribune Series)
Abstract: This multimedia series from the Chicago Tribune includes articles on the newspaper's investigation into the amount of mercury in seafood being sold in Chicago area stores. This site includes links to the articles, including those on the toxic risks and how to minimize those risks, those on the flawed mercury warning system, and those specific to tuna. Also included are a calculator to determine how much fish you can safely consume, a survey, answers to readers' questions in an online forum, links for more information, photos, a graphic showing sources of mercury and a video introduction to the series. Copyright 2005, Chicago Tribune.
Source: Chicago Tribune
Thimerosal in Vaccines
Abstract: Thimerosal is a mercury-containing organic compound (an organomercurial). Since the 1930s, it has been widely used as a preservative in a number of biological and drug products, including many vaccines, to help prevent potentially life threatening contamination with harmful microbes. Over the past several years, because of an increasing awareness of the theoretical potential for neurotoxicity of even low levels of organomercurials and because of the increased number of thimerosal containing vaccines that had been added to the infant immunization schedule, concerns about the use of thimerosal in vaccines and other products have been raised. Thimerosal has been removed from or reduced to trace amounts in all vaccines routinely recommended for children 6 years of age and younger, with the exception of inactivated influenza vaccine; a preservative-free version of the inactivated influenza vaccine (contains trace amounts of thimerosal) is available in limited supply at this time for use in infants, children and pregnant women. In this document, a discussion of preservatives, the use of thimerosal as a preservative, guidelines on exposure to organomercurials (primarily methylmercury), thimerosal toxicity, recent and future FDA actions, and the conclusions of the Institute of Medicine's most recent review of thimerosal in vaccines are presented. This narrative on thimerosal contains references to the literature and links to other sites for readers who wish additional information; for quick reference, a number of frequently asked questions (FAQs) and answers are provided.
Source: U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA)