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Povidone Iodine (PVP-Iodine) Characteristics
Povidone iodine (PVP-Iodine) is a stable chemical complex of polyvinylpyrrolidone (povidone, PVP) and elemental iodine. It contains from 9.0% to 12.0% available iodine, calculated on a dry basis. PVP-Iodine is completely soluble in cold and mild-warm water, ethyl alcohol, isopropyl alcohol, polyethylene glycol, and glycerol. Its stability in solution is much greater than in tincture of iodine or Lugol's solution.

Following the discovery of iodine by Bernard Courtois in 1811, PVP-Iodine has found broad application in medicine as a surgical scrub; for pre- and post-operative skin cleansing; for the treatment and prevention of infections in wounds, ulcers, cuts and burns; for the treatment of infections in decubitus ulcers and stasis ulcers; in gynecology for vaginitis associated with candidal, trichomonal or mixed infections. PVP-Iodine can also be used to reduce skin damage from mustard gas, although it must be applied immediately post-exposure to have any effect, and mustard gas exposure is usually not noticed until the onset of skin irritation, by which point PVP-I administration is useless.
Release date:2012/11/28
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