Sterigenics Shutdown Prompts FDA Action on Possible Medical Device Shortages

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has been working to prevent a potential shortage of medical devices after the shutdown of a sterilization plants in Willowbrook, Ill., and Michigan. The Sterigenics plant located in the western suburbs of Chicago was ordered closed by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) in February due to detected emissions of ethylene oxide, a toxic gas used in the sterilization of medical equipment and other items.

While the FDA said there is not currently a shortage in devices related to the closures, Sterigenics lists almost 600 kinds of medical devices subjected to the ethylene oxide process at the Willowbrook facility, including:

  • Sterigenics Shutdown Prompts FDA Action on Possible Medical Device ShortagesClamps
  • Knives
  • Needles
  • Stents
  • Sutures


Ethylene Oxide on Federal List of Human Carcinogens

Ethylene oxide is a volatile substance that has been on the federal list of human carcinogens since 1985. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) reports that exposure to ethylene oxide has been associated with occurrences of:

  • Birth defects and increased risk of miscarriage
  • Breast cancer
  • Filing an Ethylene Oxide Lawsuit
  • Hodgkin’s Disease
  • Leukemia
  • Lymphoma
  • Pancreatic cancer
  • Stomach cancer

Sterigenics Shutdown Prompts FDA Action on Possible Medical Device ShortagesResidents of the Willowbrook area who are suffering with health issues due to possible exposure to ethylene oxide from the Sterigenics facility may be entitled to seek damages for:

  • Current and future medical bills
  • Disability
  • Lost wages
  • Pain and suffering

Contact Cooney & Conway Today

Call the personal injury law offices of Cooney & Conway toll free at 800-322-5573 to discuss your Sterigenics case with a knowledgeable representative. You can also fill out the free consultation contact information form located on this page to have all your questions answered.