MONDAY, March 31, 2003 (HealthDayNews) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration says it has approved a liquid decontamination lotion for soldiers exposed to chemical weapons.
Contained within a single-use sponge pad, Reactive Skin Decontamination Lotion (RSDL) is meant to be applied as soon as possible after exposure. After being wiped on the skin, it neutralizes the chemical agents, making them non-toxic and alleviating any burning and painful sensations.
The expedited FDA approval followed U.S. Army-led skin irritation and sensitization tests on some 300 people. The product is manufactured by Canada's O'Dell Engineering Ltd.