Sterilizer Panic Sends Medical Industry to Regulators for Aid

May 9, 2019, 3:04 PM

Medical companies don’t see alternatives to a cancer-causing sterilizer, so they hope federal regulators will allay lawmakers’ fears.

A Willowbrook, Ill., facility that sterilized medical tools using ethylene oxide closed in February following public outrage over its elevated air emissions. Ethylene oxide, or EtO, is a colorless, odorless gas that the EPA labeled a carcinogen.

More than half of all medical supplies are disinfected with ethylene oxide, and without viable alternatives the medical industry wants regulators to explain just how dire the consequences could be.

The Advanced Medical Technology Association, a medical device trade group, plans to poll its members ...

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