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Medicare Rule Triggers Antimicrobial Compound

Medicare Rule Triggers Antimicrobial Compound

New health care rules are already starting to impact materials used in the medical market.

One of the leading examples is a new technology to fight the spread of hospital infections. Evonik Cyro introduced a clear compound with a patent-pending antimicrobial agent at Medical Design & Manufacturing West this week in Anaheim, CA.

"Our customers have been approaching us asking us to develop this type of technology," says Peter D. Colburn, director of business development and innovation at Evonik Cyro.

In 2009, Medicare said it would no longer pay hospitals for additional costs to treat hospital-acquired infections. The new rule triggered strong interest in technologies that would combat bacteria on medical equipment. Colburn says Evonik needed to develop a new technology to meet tough standards, such as a Japanese test called JIS Z 2801.

The new compound from Evonik Cyro, called Cyrolite Protect, is an acrylic-based multipolymer compound that uses a proprietary silver-based antimicrobial agent. The technology was developed in the company's labs in Wallingford, CT.

The compound is available in a transparent green tint in pellet form. It has mechanical properties required for its target applications, which include Luer connectors, spikes, Y-sites, check valves and filter housings.

The compound was expressly designed for FDA-regulated Class I or Class II medical devices covered by 501 (k) submission. Evonik Cyro expects the materials to be used in place of existing acrylic compounds, polycarbonate or PVC.

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