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PADM Medical receives FDA clearance for PRECISION ECO™, plant-based medical grade face mask

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PADM Medical PRECISION ECO™ Plant based procedural mask with earloops receives 510(k) Clearance from the U.S. FDA.

WINNIPEG — PADM Medical Group of Companies received a 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to market PRECISION ECO™ compostable / plant based procedural mask with earloops.

Billions of petroleum based synthetic disposable surgical masks are discarded globally on an annual basis. Most disposable Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) consists of petroleum based, non-biodegradable polymers that can take up to 450 years to decompose in our landfills, rivers, lakes, and other natural environments.

PADM Medical’s PRECISION ECO™ Plant Based procedural masks are made using ECOFUSE™ plant-based materials manufactured by PADM Medical’s sister company, Roswell Textiles, in Calgary, Alberta. ECOFUSE™ materials are manufactured from renewable crop resources and help reduce the adverse impact on the environment of petroleum based, single use disposable face masks. The ECOFUSE™ materials are industrially compostable and by being plant based, help reduce the CO2 emissions of PRECISION ECO™ by approximately 55 per cent compared to conventional petroleum-based masks. PRECISION ECO™ procedural masks also generate carbon credits as a result of the net carbon reduction.

Additionally, the PRECISION ECO™ Compostable/Plant Based Procedural Mask with Earloops is a USDA Certified Biobased product under the USDA BioPreferred Program with a biobased content of 82 per cent.


“The 510(k) Clearance on the 82 per cent plant-based PRECISION ECO™ product is a tremendous milestone, not only for PADM Medical, but also for the healthcare industry and our planet,” said Martin Petrak, PADM Medical Group CEO. “For the first time ever, the US healthcare system now has a plant based medical grade face mask alternative that provides the same level of protection as a traditional synthetic plastic product. Our PRECISION ECO™ mask achieves a net 55 per cent reduction in carbon emissions and minimizes the larger environmental damage caused from the millions of tonnes of synthetic plastic medical waste that is generated on an annual basis by traditional face masks. It is this commitment to our planet that drives us as a company as we continue to innovate for a greener and more sustainable world.”


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