On July 21, 2006 the FDA cautioned health care providers and consumers not to use the product bismacine, also known as chromacine. Bismacine is an inject-able product that is often used to treat Lyme disease. Bacteria causes lime disease, often the result of tick bites. Bismacine is considered a non-pharmaceutical product that is not approved for anything. Bismacine is frequently prescribed or administered by doctors of alternative health or by people claiming to be medical doctors.
Bismacine Is Being Examined By FDA Regarding Several Injury Reports
Bismacine contains high amounts of bismuth, a heavy metal that is used in some medications taken by mouth to treat Helicobacter pylori (a bacteria that can cause stomach ulcers), but is not approved in any form for use by injection.
The FDA has been examining one report of a death and several reports of injury related to the administration of bismacine. In April 2006, one person died as a result of treatment with bismacine. On March 29, 2005, an additional person was hospitalized after being given a bismacine treatment. Others who have used or been administered bismacine have suffered bismuth poisoning, cardiovascular collapse, and kidney failure.