The chemicals vary among kits and companies, but sodium azide is “the most common chemical,” the center said.A small amount of the chemical — a concentration of 0.0125% — is used in the BinaxNOW kit, for example, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.Ingestion isn’t the only way people have been exposed to the chemical. In at least one case, a couple dipped their nasal swabs in the reagent liquid and then swabbed their nostrils, causing “irritation of the nose,” according to the National Capital Poison Center.
Wednesday, February 23, 2022
There's sodium azide in the BinaxNOW kits
Via the Miami Herald:
I did not know that, but I suppose I'm not particularly surprised, seeing as how there's a fair bit of use of azide in biochemical assays...