Description: Thiomersal is an organomercury compound that is used as an antiseptic and antifungal agent It is used as a vaccine preservative. During cell culture, thiomersal is used to prevent overgrowth in fibroblast cells 1. It has been used to preserve Atovaquone 2.
Thiomersal is an organic mercury salt prepared by react- ing ethylmercuric chloride (or ethylmercuric hydroxide) with thiosalicylic acid. It is still used as a disinfectant and a preservative agent, but less commonly than previ- ously, especially in contact lens fluids, eyedrops, and vaccines. The ethylmercuric moiety is the major aller- genic determinant, sometimes associated with mercury sensitivity. Thiomersal is an indicator of photosensitiv- ity to piroxicam, through its thiosalicylic moiety.