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Nerve Agent Antidotes

Volume 408: debated on Tuesday 1 July 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Health what stocks his Department have of antidotes to nerve agents which could possibly be used in a terrorist attack; and whether there are such agents for which his Department do not have suitable stocks of antidotes. [122100]

Of the many compounds known to be toxic to man, only a very few are amenable to treatment with specific antidotes. For all that fall into this category and have been assessed as threats, the Department of Health has acquired sufficient stocks of antidotes.