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FDA Urges 'Dirty Bomb' Treatment

Federal health officials say a compound long used as the artist’s pigment Prussian blue could be an important antidote to a “dirty bomb” attack, and they are calling for drug companies to quickly seek permission to manufacture some. The Food and Drug Administration action Friday marks a big step toward radiation specialists’ call for a stockpile of the antidote — all but guaranteeing sales approval for manufacturers who meet some fairly simple conditions. Currently, an Energy Department-funded facility in Oak Ridge, Tenn., has the nation’s only supply of Prussian blue in pill form, and that supply is limited. Full Story

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