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Army Withholds Chemical Attack Antidote

Despite the interest of emergency officials, the government is refusing to provide U.S. communities an antidote controlled by the Army and stockpiled by other countries to treat victims of a chemical terror attack. The product, Reactive Skin Decontamination Lotion, was developed by the Canadian military years ago, won Food and Drug Administration approval in 2003 and is sold in other NATO countries for neutralizing sarin, mustard gas and other chemical agents. It is being tested by the Army. But the companies that make it aren’t permitted to sell it or even advertise it to state and local governments in the United States. “Right now they have no product to decontaminate people other than soap and water,” said Phil O’Dell, president of O’Dell Engineering, a Canadian-based company licensed by the Canadian government to sell the lotion. “There is only one FDA-approved. It’s the RSDL. These first responders correctly have been trying to buy RSDL since FDA approval.” Full Story

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