| || Toxicology of Biomedical Polymers
Author : Fernandez, A.C. ;Vedanarayanan, P.V.
Source : Defence Science Journal ; Vol:37(2) ; 1987 ; pp 173-183
Subject : 615 Pharmacology;615.9 Toxicology
Keywords : Polymer science ;Medical science
Abstract : This paper deals with the various types of polymers, used in the fabrication of medical devices, their diversity of applications and toxic hazards which may arise out of their application. The potential toxicity of monomers and the various additives used in the manufacture of biomedical polymers have been discussed along with hazards which may arise out of processing of devices such as sterilization. The importance of quality control and stringent toxicity evaluation methods have been emphasised since in our country, at present, there are no regulations covering the manufacturing and marketing of medical devices. Finally the question of the general and subtle long term systemic toxicity of biomedical polymers have been brought to attention with the suggestion that this question needs to be resolved permanently by appropriate studies.