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May 17, 1988

MEMORANDUM FOR: HARVEY HARRIS
Director
Office of Training and Education

THRU: EDWARD BAIER Director
Directorate of Technical Support

FROM: RALPH E. YODAIKEN Director
Office of Occupational Medicine

SUBJECT: Cyanide Antidote Kits


This memo is in response to your correspondence of April 27, regarding updated information on Cyanide Antidote Kits since my August, 1986 letter.

As per my 1986 memo, Amyl Nitrite continues to require a physician's prescription and the administration of this drug in an emergency situation by the designated first aide responder is the medically accepted initial response. According to current literature, hydroxy cobalamine has had limited use as an alternative intravenous medication to the widely accepted sodium nitrite protocol.

I had my staff contact Lloyd C. Warner, PhD from Eli Lilly and Company, the manufacturers of the commercially available Cyanide Emergency Kit, to determine if any new products or methods are being developed to address cyanide poisoning. Dr. Warner informed us that there were no future plans to alter the emergency kit or develop alternative antidotes.

This information should update you on Cyanide Antidote Kits.



April 27, 1988


MEMORANDUM FOR: Ralph Yodaiken, Director
Office of Occupational Medicine

THROUGH: Edward Baier, Director
Directorate of Technical Support

FROM: Harvey Harris, Director
Office of Training and Education

SUBJECT: Cyanide Antidote Kits


We have reviewed your memo of August 8, 1986, regarding the use of Cyanide Antidote Kits. We are requesting any new information since the August, 1986 memo.

Specifically, we request guidance on the ability to use amyl nitrite (now a prescription drug), training requirements to administer such a drug, any acceptable alternatives to amyl nitrite such as hydroxy cobalamine, and guidance on its use.

Thank you for your assistance in this matter.



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