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2000SERPACWA

SERPACWA Approved by FDA (2000)

Skin-Exposure Reduction Paste Against Chemical Warfare Agents, or SERPACWA, is a topical skin cream that protects against chemical agents. It is applied at closure points of the protective suits worn by Soldiers—neck, wrists and ankles. It also goes on sweat-prone areas such as armpits, groin and backs of knees, since blister agents are more effective where there is sweat.

When used with protective suiting, SERPACWA not only protects but also buys time until Soldiers can decontaminate. When Soldiers in protective gear and wearing SERPACWA decontaminate after exposure, studies have shown very high levels of protection against blister and nerve agents.