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CDRH issues 1"Dear Colleague" letter to health providers July 12 listing 10 procedures posing the highest risk of exposure to di(2-ethylhexyl)phthalate, a plasticizer added to polyvinyl chloride that may be harmful to male reproductive organs. The health notice is based on a safety assessment completed by the agency in September (2"The Gray Sheet" Sept. 10, 2001, p. 18). For some high-risk procedures, "PVC devices that do not contain DEHP can be substituted, or devices made of other materials (such as ethylene vinyl acetate (EVA), silicone, polyethylene or polyurethane) can be used," the notice advises...

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