Poll shows most want thimerosal/mercury banned from drugs

August 6, 2007

Three out of four people participating in an on-line Drug Topics poll during the month of July believe thimerosal or mercury is dangerous and should be banned from all drugs.

Three out of four people participating in an on-line Drug Topics poll during the month of July believe thimerosal or mercury is dangerous and should be banned from all drugs. Of the 366 poll participants, 104 want the ingredients removed from medications due to their implications in such chronic disorders as Alzheimer's disease and autism. Another 142 respondents believe there is not enough evidence to link these substances to these diseases but say they should be removed from medications nonetheless for the sake of caution. An additional 9% favor a ban on these ingredients since this has passed in seven states already. Only 7% said FDA has approved the ingredients, so they should be safe to use, and 3% said they didn't know how to vote on this issue.

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