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Test Procedure, Use or Product Name Mercury Containing Component or Reagent

Items were included on the following lists because they have been reported to contain mercury as an intentional ingredient or component, or as an unintended contaminant. The listings were compiled from multiple sources and were believed to be accurate at the time of posting on this web site. However, users should understand that this information is provided for guidance only and the mercury content of commercial products may be subject to frequent change. Consult with manufacturers and other reputable sources of information, or conduct analyses of products to confirm mercury concentrations. Users should also confirm that alternative products meet all applicable regulatory, protocol and performance requirements before being used in biomedical applications.

Test Procedure, Use
or Product Name
Mercury Containing
Component or Reagent
Albumin Milton's reagent
Antinuclear antibody Buffer
Antifungal/anti-infective/bacteriostatic enzyme/ ammonia Merthiolate
Mercuric nitrate
(Antibiotics are alternatives)
Ammonia Nitrogen Nessler's solution
Channing's solution
Arsenic-Calcium Reagent  
Blood Bank Saline Immuno-sal (Immu-sal?)
Bun Test Enzyme
Non-Protein Nitrogen
Nessler's solution
CA 125  
Cleaning agent (Commercial Grade) Trace contaminant in caustic soda (sodium hydroxide)
Chlorides Mercuric nitrate solution
(Use ion-specific electrodes as alternative)
Clostridium difficile EIA  
Colorimetric chloride analysis  
CPK Reagent  
Cytology Mucolex
Denaturant in single-strand conformation polymorphism (SSCP) analysis of PCR products Methylmercury hydroxide
Drugs of abuse All
Epstein Barr virus Buffer
Fixatives (mordants) B5 fixative
Zenkers solution
(Zinc formalin, zinc chloride may be a suitable alternatives mercury-based fixatives).
Flame Photometer Mercuric sulfate (obsolete)
FTA Buffer
Ganglion cells Cajal's
Gel electrophoresis Methylmercury hydroxide
Giardia EIA  
Group A Strep ID  
Harris hematoxylin Mercuric oxide oxidizing agent
(Alternative is sodium iodate)
Hbft Alum hematoxylin (solution A)
Hepatitis B core  
Hepatitis C  
Hepatitis B  
Hepatitis B Ag & Ab  
Herpes EIA Buffer
Histology Mercuric (II) chloride
Histology Stains Carbol-Fuchin
Mercury chloride
Carbol Gentian violet
Identification of white cells Camco
Laboratory chemicals - common mercury compounds Mercury (II) oxide
Mercurous (I) chloride
Mercury (II) chloride
Mercury iodide
Mercury (II) sulfate
Lithium Cesium Internal Std
Lyme Buffer
"Metexchange" reagent  
Microbiology Gram iodine stain
Nerve cells, delineation Golgi's
Parasitology Trichrome stain Mercuric nitrate solution (Cupric sulfate alternative)
pH Buffers
Photoprocessing solutions
Low level mercury contamination
"Precision" reagent  
Preservative in pharmaceuticals Thimerosal
Phenylmercuric acetate
Phenylmercuric nitrate
Preservative in vaccines:
Haemophilus, hepatitis, rabies, tetanus, influenza, diphtheria, and pertussis
Protein test (Containing hydroxyl phenol group) Millon's reagent
Protein Precipitation Methylmercury hydroxide
Stains Carbol-Fuchin Gram iodine
Mercury chloride
Carbol Gentian Violet
Sulfuric acid (commercial grade) Mercury (impurity)
Takata-Ara Takata's reagent
Thyroid antibodies Buffer
Urinalysis Stabilur tablets


This page was last updated on Nov 27, 2012