Sterigenics Wins Second Lawsuit In Ongoing Ethylene Oxide Court Battles
First Case, Decided In September, Resulted In $363m Verdict Against The Firm
In the second trial over Sterigenics’ ethylene oxide plant emissions, the Cook County, IL jury found Stergiencs not liable for cancer in a woman who lived near the plant.
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While half of all medical devices in the US are sterilized with ethylene oxide, emissions from the gas pose potential environmental hazards that are attracting federal action.
The company plans to defend itself against the suits, which were brought by people who say EtO emissions caused cancers, miscarriages and other health problems.
While a number of US states are taking actions that could potentially ban or limit ethylene oxide (EtO) sterilization plants in their communities, the FDA, industry and others are raising the alarm that such moves could lead to a shortage of medical devices critical to patients.