RE: Alcian Blue for Tissue Marking

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I think that the concentration of Alcian Blue will soon be academic. The 
availability of Alcian Blue was discussed here quite a few months ago. I think 
that has not changed. We have added this note to Alcian Blue in our online:
"Important notice: An intermediate chemical in the production leading to Alcian 
Blue is hazardous and no company is prepared to manufacture this compound. As a 
consequence Alcian Blue, except for any remaining old stock, is no longer 
available. ProSciTech has no more Alcian Blue available. "
Jim Darley
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On Friday, June 30, 2000 8:24 AM, a I d a n   s c h u r r 
[] wrote:
> Hi all,
> We use a 5% solution of Alcian Blue for tissue marking (margins
> mostly).  We now have a new pathologist who says that this
> solution is not "thick" enough.  Since 5g/100mL is about the
> maximum solubility for A. blue, I am at a bit of a loss.  Any
> suggestions for this, or for alternatives would be appreciated.  ps
> she doesn't like using indian ink either!
> Cheers,
> Aidan
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