Medical Musings: Will phthalate-free PVC stop medical market erosion?


A new family of calendered PVC films targets increasing interest in the healthcare field for materials that are phthalate free.

Teknor Apex Co. (Industry, CA) is introducing films that are made flexible with a citrate plasticizer that it says is stable in applications sterilized by gamma irradiation.

"The new citrate-based film from Teknor Apex enables medical manufacturers to obtain the proven advantages of PVC over alternative materials while meeting requirements calling for plasticizers to be non-phthalate," said Richard Vega, manager of the Teknor Apex Vinyl Division film calendaring facility. "The fact that this film grade is also gamma-stable means that it can provide those PVC advantages even in uses calling for the most aggressive form of sterilization."...
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