NGOs demand ban on DEHP in medical devices

Two NGOs have urged the EU to ban the PVC softener DEHP in medical devices used to treat new-born babies. The call follows new US research that found high levels of DEHP breakdown products in infants treated with PVC blood bags and tubes. "There is no longer any justification for hospitals to continue using PVC/DEHP devices where alternatives exist," report co-author Ted Schettler said. Phthalate industry body Ecpi claimed the study "contains no significant new information and certainly nothing which rings alarm bells." See study, plus reactions from NGOs EPHA/HCWH and Ecpi.

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