Medtech Week Recap: UK Department of Health Launches Review of Cosmetic Surgery Products and Procedures

Monday, August 20th, 2012

The UK Department of Health has launched a major review of cosmetic surgery products and procedures. The review is a direct response to concerns raised about the industry following the Pip breast implant controversy, according to the department.

Lubrizol TPU Technology Eliminates Need for Plasticisers

Thursday, February 16th, 2012

Lubrizol introduced a new soft hydrophobic TPU technology at MD&M West Lubrizol introduced a soft hydrophobic thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) technology for medical applications at the trade show MD&M West this week. The technology, part of the Tecothane product line, eliminates the need for plasticisers. The material can be extruded or injection ...

Medtech Week Recap: New Developments in Plasticisers Could Improve PVC’s Reputation

Monday, November 21st, 2011

Last week, the medical trade fair Medica and the medical manufacturing supplier trade fair Compamed took place, attracting visitors from around the world. At Medica, the German packaging supplier PolyCine introduced a processing technique that blocks migration of plasticisers from PVC. EMDT Editor in Chief Norbert Sparrow spoke with PolyCine's Head ...

PolyCine at Medica: Don’t Give Up on Medical-Grade PVC

Wednesday, November 16th, 2011

Even if medical-grade PVC is still a healthcare staple, the narrative on the use of PVC in medical applications has been driven largely by the prohibition crowd. The health impact of plasticisers leaching from the material into patients' bodies has put the media spotlight squarely on PVC-alternative materials. PolyCine is ...

PolyCine Introduces New Processing Technique to Prevent Plasticiser Migration

Friday, November 4th, 2011

PolyCine GmbH based in Schiffweiler, Germany, a company specialising in high-quality non-PVC film for medical packaging systems, has announced that it has achieved a breakthrough in the processing of PVC-tube. Though PVC-based medical devices have been under scrutiny for many years ...

Your Questions about PVC—Answered

Friday, December 17th, 2010

[caption id="attachment_20266" align="alignleft" width="80" caption="Ole Grøndahl Hansen"][/caption] First of all, thank you very much for all of your replies to my blog post on PVC, which I wrote to get a discussion started on this material. I would like to comment on some of the very interesting remarks that you have ...

Let’s Talk about PVC in Medical Devices!

Thursday, December 9th, 2010

The use of phthalate plasticised PVC for medical devices has been a controversial issue for many years now. Personally, I have been involved in the discussion for the last two decades by writing articles in European Medical Device Technology and making presentations at different conferences. Even though the issue has ...

Researchers Block Plasticiser Migration from PVC Products

Sunday, August 15th, 2010

The potential risks related to the use of plasticisers, and specifically DEHP, in PVC-based medical devices has been under scrutiny for many years. While alternative materials have been developed and are quite successful in the marketplace, PVC remains attractive to the device industry precisely because it has been the focus ...

Researchers Work to Develop “Safer” Plastics that Lock in Plasticisers

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010

From the Wire: Scientists have published the first report on a new way of preventing potentially harmful plasticisers — the source of long-standing human health concerns — from migrating from one of the most widely used groups of plastics. The advance could lead to a new generation of polyvinyl chloride ...

Medical PVC: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

Tuesday, July 7th, 2009

The past, present and future of plasticised PVC in medical applications is discussed in a new book authored by Xiaobin Zhao and James M. Courtney (Shawbury, UK: iSmithers, 2009). Update on Medical Plasticised PVC details the manufacturing and processing of the material, selection of plasticisers, and associated regulatory and environmental ...