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German industry concern over DEHP motive:

This article was originally published in Clinica

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The German health ministry's federal pharmaceutical and medical technology research institute's (BfArM) resurrection last month of the debate on DEHP and its current uses in medical devices has been viewed with suspicion by local industry association Spectaris. International environmental groups urge caution in the use of the PVC softener in neonates and pre-pubescent males, among other recommendations. BfArM has put up for debate a proposal that the replacement of DEHP-containing products with alternatives be the subject of a legal order in Germany (see Clinica No 1143, p 6). Spectaris said in its January infoletter that the industry would reject any such move that would, in fact, see Germany taking a lone stance in this respect.

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