Published in Blood Weekly, March 22nd, 1999
Why is Greenpeace concerned with the use of PVC in blood and IV bags'
Greenpeace has recently claimed to the media that a study conducted by their labs found unusually high levels of a plasticizer, DEHP, in medical devices such as blood bags, IV bags, and tubing. DEHP, called a phthalate, is a compound used in PVC plastic, to make it more soft and pliable. Phthalates, like many other chemical compounds, have been found to have adverse effects in animals at very high levels of exposure. The studies by Greenpeace, which have not yet been published, have shown that some medical devices made of PVC plastics...
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