Current Use of Chelation in American Health Care

Paul M. Wax

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The National Center for Health Statistics estimates that more than 100,000 Americans receive chelation each year, although far fewer than 1 % of these cases are managed by medical toxicologists. Unfortunately, fatalities have been reported after inappropriate chelation use. There are currently 11 FDA-approved chelators available by prescription although chelation products may also be obtained through compounding pharmacies and directly over the internet. Promotion of chelation training is prominent on some alternative and complementary medicine websites.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)303-307
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Medical Toxicology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 2013


  • Chelation therapy
  • Chelation training
  • FDA-approved chelators
  • Heavy metal poisoning
  • Inappropriate chelation practices

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Toxicology
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis


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