Here at 180 Medical, we always want to make sure that each of our customers are well-educated on the products they use. We also keep our customers informed if there are
any changes to their supplies that may affect them.
As of July 2013, Wellspect Healthcare will be updating the material of their LoFric® straight hydrophilic intermittent catheters from PVC (polyvinyl chloride) to a cutting-edge new material called POBE (polyolefin-based elastomer), which is free of both PVC, softeners, latex, and DEHP.
The primary benefit for you is that POBE-based catheter tubes are more resilient, and the overall discomfort of the entire catheterization process (from insertion to withdrawal) decreases when using the POBE (PVC-free) LoFric® catheter. POBE is already widely utilized in a multitude of safety-proven medical devices, and the majority of catheter-users prefer the POBE material over the PVC when given the choice.
Only the catheter material itself has been changed; each catheter will still have the special hydrophilic coating (Urotonic™ Surface Technology) that alleviates friction and provides extra comfort for you during catheterization.
During the remainder of 2013, all PVC LoFric® catheters will be switched over to POBE, and as a result of the transition, you may receive partial shipments of the PVC and POBE catheters until the remainder of our PVC stock has completely run out.
Please feel free to give us a call if there are any questions or concerns, and our Catheter Specialists will be glad to help you out!