Prions, the causative agents of spongiform encephalopathies, are protein-like particles. Much is unknown about the possible mechanisms of contagion, but media have been paying a lot of attention to the contagion of humans by eating beef. For pharmacists it is important to investigate the possibility of contagion through pharmaceutical products from human or animal origin. This question can not be answered at this moment. However, to be prepared for the results of future research, a list of products from human or animal origin is compiled. It is also important for pharmacists to have the necessary background knowledge on methods of desinfection and sterilisation which are effective against the very resistant prions. Present knowledge on this subject is overviewed.
|Translated title of the contribution||Prions: Contamination and decontamination. Interfaces with pharmacy|
|Number of pages||7|
|Publication status||Published - 31-Jan-1997|