Thanks to its high performance in a variety of settings, silicone has found its way into thousands of medical devices, from the most mundane to the most sophisticated. You’ve probably never visited a hospital without touching silicone material of some kind — it’s used in medical tape, electronic covers, syringe coatings, IVs, catheters, bed cushions, breathing masks, ECG leads, CT machines, and much more. The undisputable fact is that the use of silicones is leading to significantly better outcomes for patients.

But while it improves our lives in countless ways, some bureaucrats and activists, particularly in Europe, have used flawed scientific models to push for restricting and even banning the use of certain silicone compounds in consumer products.

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