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Medical Countermeasures Against Chemical Threats

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Achievements and Goals

Over the next several years, it is the intent of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) medical chemical research program to draw on the expertise in the appropriate research institutions comprising NIH and to strengthen the national research base with involvement of academia, government research laboratories, and industry in developing safe and effective medical products addressing all subsets of the U.S. population.

The Strategic National Stockpile (SNS) is maintained by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). SNS now contains CHEMPACKS which are located in secure, environmentally controlled areas throughout the United States and are available for rapid distribution in case of emergency. Many of the critical components of the CHEMPACKS are now available in adult and pediatric formulations. CDC has established a diagnostic response network for detecting nerve agents, mustard, cyanide, and toxic metals. NIH will continue to research, develop, and improve medical products that include chemical antidotes, drugs to reduce morbidity and mitigate injury, drugs to reduce secondary to chemical exposure, and diagnostic tests and assessment tools to be used in mass casualty situations.

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Last Updated March 02, 2008