EtO Sterilization Concerns—Mike on Medtech

EtO Sterilization Concerns—Mike on Medtech

Mike Drues and Sean Fenske discuss the controversy surrounding the most commonly used sterilization method for medical devices—EtO.

By Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief03.30.20
In this Medtech Matters podcast episode of Mike on Medtech with Mike Drues, president of Vascular Sciences, we discuss the concern surrounding the use of EtO for medical device sterilization. Questions have been raised as to the safety of the amount that’s been detected in the air around facilities that provide this type of sterilization process. Specifically, we address a number of questions, including:

  • How common is EtO for sterilization?
  • How does it compare to other methods?
  • Why is it used so frequently?
  • What are the problems with EtO?
  • Do you expect EtO to go away?
  • What is the “root cause” of this problem? Could it have been avoided?
  • What type of regulatory pathway requires a notification to the FDA for a change of sterilization process?
  • What is the FDA’s EtO sterilization pilot program for changing vendors?
  • What are the most important takeaways from this issue for medical device manufacturers?

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Listen to this episode and see what you think of the challenges currently surrounding EtO sterilization. If you’d like to share thoughts, ask questions, or have a suggestion for a future topic for us to cover, please reach out to me at sfenske@rodmanmedia.com and we’ll see if we want to address your ideas/inquiries/suggestions in a future episode.

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