From: "Secretary, ACS Division of Chemical Health and Safety" <secretary**At_Symbol_Here**DCHAS.ORG>
Subject: [DCHAS-L] NLM: Information about VX from the National Library of Medicine
Date: Mon, 27 Feb 2017 15:51:15 -0500
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Information about VX from the National Library of Medicine

NLM Toxicology and Environmental Health Info

The nerve agent VX has recently been in the news.

VX (O-ethyl S-[2-(diisopropylamino)ethyl] methylphosphonothioate) is a tasteless, odorless, and toxic organophosphate that disrupts the body's nervous system. Exposure to very small amounts on the skin or via inhalation can be fatal. It is classified as a weapon of mass destruction (WMD) by the United Nations Resolution 687.

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) Chemical Hazards Emergency Management (CHEMM) can help you learn more about VX. CHEMM assists first responders, first receivers and other healthcare providers to plan for, respond to, recover from, and mitigate the effects of mass-casualty incidents involving chemicals. It provides a comprehensive, user-friendly, web-based resource that is also downloadable in advance so that it would be available during an event if the internet is not accessible.

NLM TOXNET also has information about VX.**At_Symbol_Here**term+**At_Symbol_Here**DOCNO+6459

TOXNET =AE (TOXicology Data NETwork) is a group of databases covering chemicals and drugs, diseases and the environment, environmental health, occupational safety and health, poisoning, risk assessment and regulations, and toxicology. It is managed by the Toxicology and Environmental Health Information Program (TEHIP) in the Division of Specialized Information Services (SIS) of the National Library of Medicine (NLM). A mobile version of TOXNET is available.

Use TOXNET to find:

  • Specific chemicals, mixtures, and products
  • Chemical nomenclature
  • Chemicals that may be associated with a disease, condition or symptom
  • Chemicals associated with consumer products, occupations, hobbies, and more
  • Special toxic effects of chemicals in humans and/or animals
  • Citations from the scientific literature 

TOXNET provides links to PubMed =AE, NLM's free web interface to the world's biomedical literature, and to additional sources of toxicological information.


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