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Q: Silver Nitrate (II) ( Answered 4 out of 5 stars,   0 Comments )
Subject: Silver Nitrate (II)
Category: Science > Chemistry
Asked by: silvernitrate-ga
List Price: $5.00
Posted: 08 Sep 2003 08:24 PDT
Expires: 08 Oct 2003 08:24 PDT
Question ID: 253481
Where can I find information on whether silver nitrate is regulated by
the federal government as a prescription drug or has been deregulated
as a prescription drug?
Subject: Re: Silver Nitrate (II)
Answered By: pafalafa-ga on 08 Sep 2003 09:28 PDT
Rated:4 out of 5 stars
Hello silvernitrate-ga,

A search of the National Drug Code database maintained by the FDA --
which lists all presecription (and some non-prescription) drugs)
reveals that silver nitrate is controlled as a prescription drug in a
variety of forms:

For instance, there is this entry in the database:

SILVER NITRATE  1%  0002-1608-02  100  AMP  SOL  R  

showing that a 1% solution of silver nitrate, in ampule form is
specifically regulated as a prescription drug...the "R" indicates the
drug is prescription (Rx) controlled.

Other forms of silver nitrate are listed as well.  


In addition, the FDA has specifically prohibited the use of silver
salts (which includes silver nitrate) in the sale of over-the-counter
medications.  The actual rule that bans the use can be found here:


I hope this is the information you need.  But if anything about this
answer is unclear, or needs elaboration, please let me know by posting
a Request for Clarification, and I'll be happy to assist you further.


search strategy:  search of for "silver nitrate"

Request for Answer Clarification by silvernitrate-ga on 08 Sep 2003 13:22 PDT
The entries in the FDA database show that there are instances where
silver nitrate is being sold as a prescription drug.  While this is
helpful information, what I am really trying to find out is whether
there are any regulations or requirements that silver nitrate must be
sold under a prescription (and your answer regarding the silver salts
partially answers this question) or whether there is anything stating
that the sale of silver nitrate does not require a prescription.  You
did partially answer my question, but can you find a clearer and more
direct answer to the question, as rephrased?  Thanks.

Clarification of Answer by pafalafa-ga on 08 Sep 2003 13:39 PDT
Hello again,

I'll be glad to help you out further on this topic, but I want to make
sure I understand what you're after.

Silver nitrate is a fairly common industrial chemical and is used
(among other things)to make photographic film.  It can be purchased on
a non-prescription basis from a laboratory chemicals supplier, such as
Fisher Scientific or JT Baker.

So, the answer to your question is: a prescription is not needed for
non-medical uses of silver nitrate.

Is this the information you need?  If not, please let me know what
additional information is needed and I'll see what I can do.

Request for Answer Clarification by silvernitrate-ga on 09 Sep 2003 13:04 PDT
I think I have enough information for now.  Thanks.

Clarification of Answer by pafalafa-ga on 09 Sep 2003 13:14 PDT
Glad to have been of service.  Come back and visit us again soon

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