* Bruce Dold, the publisher and editor in chief of the Chicago Tribune, wrote an unusual clarification late yesterday afternoon about the Tribune’s Sterigenics coverage. Excerpt…
Some articles have discussed industry research that shows there are other, potentially safer methods that could replace ethylene oxide across the medical equipment industry. To clarify, some devices are currently approved for use only if they are sterilized with ethylene oxide. Under current FDA approvals, Sterigenics and other companies are required to use ethylene oxide to sterilize those devices.
A story published online Jan. 25 and in print the next day has been updated with the following sentence:
Despite readily available alternatives that industry research shows are potentially effective, Sterigenics and Medline Industries note that ethylene oxide is currently the only FDA-approved option to fumigate certain medical equipment used in surgeries and other medical procedures.
A story published online Oct. 26 and in print the next day discussed pollution control at the plant, stating: “Federal officials say the company released uncontrolled amounts of ethylene oxide from building vents for more than 30 years.”
There’s more, so go read the whole thing.