Volume 34, Issue 3 (May 1989)

    Body Distribution of Ethchlorvynol

    (Received 22 April 1988; accepted 3 August 1988)


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    Ethchlorvynol (Placidyl®) is a nonbarbiturate sedative hypnotic. Two fatal cases of ethchlorvynol overdose are reported. Toxicological analyses of body fluids and tissues were performed by gas chromatography using a flame-ionization detector. The quantitative method was sensitive and reproducible. Body distribution of ethchlorvynol in blood and other tissues is presented. Biological samples analyzed included blood, urine, bile, liver, kidney, eye fluid, and gastric contents. Results presented add to the pharmacokinetic data needed to study the disposition of drugs in different tissues. Findings in present two cases are compared with published toxicological data.

    Author Information:

    Winek, CL
    Director and chief toxicologist, Allegheny County Department of Laboratories, Pittsburgh, PA

    Graduate student, Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA

    Wahba, WW
    Laboratory manager, Allegheny County Department of Laboratories, Pittsburgh, PA

    Stock #: JFS12692J

    ISSN: 0022-1198

    DOI: 10.1520/JFS12692J

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    Title Body Distribution of Ethchlorvynol
    Symposium , 0000-00-00
    Committee E30