Possible Health Hazard Resulting from the Use of Pharmaceutical Products Containing Ethylmercury Compounds

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L. Sedláčková and Z. Svobodová

Department of Veterinary Public Health and Toxicology, University of Veterinary and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Brno

Keywords: ethylmercury, thiomersal, vaccine, immunopreparation, methylmercury


The use of ethylmercury compounds as a preservative in vaccines and immunopreparations provokes fears of its toxicity. The health hazard associated with ethylmercury compounds is lower than that of methylmercury compounds. The use of thiomersal is gradually minimized and permanently monitored. Currently, alternatives to thiomersal are sought even though some authors reports that it is safe.


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