Numerous health care groups, including the American Medical Association and the American Nurses Association, are urging the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to act on a 2002 warning about the widespread presence of a toxic chemical in medical devices made of polyvinyl chloride. The groups are calling for mandatory labeling of such products.
The chemical, di-2-ethylhexyl phthalate (DEHP), is used as a plasticizer of polyvinyl chloride in the manufacture of a wide variety of consumer goods. Experts caution that DEHP can leach from vinyl plastic medical devices and into patients, posing health risks to vulnerable populations, especially male infants.
Hampton T. Groups Urge Warning Label for Medical Devices Containing Toxic Chemical. JAMA. 2007;298(11):1267. doi:10.1001/jama.298.11.1267