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Alternatives to Cancer-Causing Sterilizer Sought by FDA (2)

July 15, 2019, 7:12 PMUpdated: July 15, 2019, 10:04 PM

Dirty medical devices may get cleaned by an alternate to a dangerous sterilizer if the FDA and health-care industry can develop a strategy, the agency said July 15.

The Food and Drug Administration released two new challenges for industry participants regarding ethylene oxide, a cancer-causing gas used to sterilize more than half of all medical supplies. The challenges come shortly after the chemical sparked a backlash when elevated emissions of the gas were found at a facility in Willowbrook, Ill., prompting outrage from local residents and the state’s senators.

Challenge 1 participants, including medical device companies, sterilizers, academia, technology companies,...

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