Vaccines

– Scottish Parliament written question – answered at on 14 January 2003.

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Photo of Mary Scanlon Mary Scanlon Conservative

Question S1W-32910

To ask the Scottish Executive which vaccines available on the NHS contain thimerosal.

Photo of Malcolm Chisholm Malcolm Chisholm Labour

The regulation and safety of medicines is reserved and is the responsibility of the Medicines Control Agency (MCA).

The MCA has advised that diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis (DTP) vaccine, with the exception of those containing acellular pertussis component; diphtheria and tetanus vaccines (DT/dT); tetanus vaccines (T); single hepatitis B vaccines; some hepatitis B combination products, and some influenza vaccines contain thiomersal (also referred to as thimerosal) as an excipient or use it in the manufacturing process.

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