Nearly two dozen new lawsuits were filed against Sterigenics this week over its now-shuttered ethylene oxide (EtO) sterilization plant in Willowbrook, Ill., according to a law firm representing some of the plaintiffs. That brings the total of such lawsuits to nearly 75, noted Chicago personal injury lawyer Antonio Romanucci, court-appointed lead counsel from among five firms involved in the […]
The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency is seeking an order to shut down operations at Sotera Health‘s Sterigenics‘ Willowbrook, Ill.-based facilities that result in the emission of ethylene oxide, a highly carcinogenic chemical compound, according to a government release posted on Tuesday. The agency is seeking an order that would prohibit operations resulting in such emissions until […]
A scientific advisory panel to the EPA is convening today to evalute the environmental watchdog’s determination that a common medical device sterilizer, ethylene oxide, is carcinogenic.
If the panel confirms that assessment, medtech companies warn, it could disrupt the supply chain for their lifesaving products.