Prions: Contamination and decontamination. Interfaces with pharmacy: Contamination and decontamination. Interfaces with pharmacy

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Abstract

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 contributionPrions: Contamination and decontamination. Interfaces with pharmacy
Original languageDutch
Pages (from-to)143-149
Number of pages7
JournalPharmaceutisch Weekblad
Volume132
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 31-Jan-1997

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