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(talc) For Intrapleural Administration


STERITALC® (talc) is a sclerosing agent for intrapleural administration. The molecular formula for talc is Mg3Si4O10(OH)2. The molecular weight is 379.3 g/mole. The chemical name of talc is hydrated magnesium silicate. The talc powder contains ≥95% of hydrated magnesium silicate; associated minerals include chlorites (hydrated aluminum and magnesium silicates), magnesite (magnesium carbonate), calcite (calcium carbonate), and dolomite (calcium and magnesium carbonate). The talc elementary sheet is composed of a layer of magnesium-oxygen/hydroxyl octahedra, sandwiched between two layers of silicon-oxygen tetrahedra. Talc is insoluble in water. STERITALC® is supplied as 2 grams, 3 grams, and 4 grams white or off-white to light gray, asbestos-free, sterile powder. STERITALC contains particle size-controlled talc, graded to decrease the proportion of smaller particles.

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