BAYER POLYCARBONATE WITHSTANDS IV FLUIDS

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Bayer's Polymers Division announced what it said is the first lipid-resistant polycarbonate, a material designed to lessen cracking in high-stress applications where there is contact with intravenous fluids, particularly lipid emulsions.

The Pittsburgh company's Makrolon DP1-1805 polycarbonate has improved resistance to ``increasingly aggressive'' IV solutions but bonds with conventional adhesives, said Doug Powell, the medical market manager for Makrolon.

The product meets Food and Drug Administration biocompatibility requirements, he said.