FDA Reports Concerns with Medical Device Availability Due to Sterilization Facility Closures

Many products are sterilized using ethylene oxide. With plants being shut down, there is a shortage of sterilization facilities.

With the recent closure of a large ethylene oxide sterilization facility in Illinois (Sterigenics), the temporary closure of another large Sterigenics facility in Georgia, and the potential closure of a large Becton Dickinson sterilization facility in Georgia, the FDA is concerned about the future availability of medical devices and impending medical device shortages.

Read the Acting Commissioner’s statement.

Read the FDA report.