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POBE – the LoFric material

Care in every detail

The entire LoFric catheter range that was previously made from PVC, is now being converted to our new material that is naturally free from PVC, plasticisers and is not made documented natural rubber latex. It combines very good physical characteristics with an exceptionally good environmental performance. The catheters are still coated with our well-proven Urotonic™ Surface Technology - combining new technology with well-proven experience, ensuring the high LoFric quality that you are used to.

The new LoFric material has been thoroughly tested and a clinical study shows that users prefer the new material: “Evaluation of a new PVC-free catheter material for intermittent catheterisation”: A prospective, randomised, crossover study by Johansson K, Greis G, Johansson B et al.

Read the summary here, or the full article here.

Care for the environment

The new material is a so called polyolefin-based elastomer; POBE. Polyolefines, that form the basis of the LoFric catheter material, are polymers that only consist of carbon, hydrogen and oxygen, resulting in a lower environmental strain during its life cycle. The use of polyolefin-based materials in medical device products is not new, they are widely used in blood bags, tubings, wound drains, etc. The uniqueness of this particularly composed material is that it can be used for urine catheters and that it has been developed especially for LoFric to ensure highest safety, environmental performance and best function.

Please click below if you would like to read the Environmental Product declarations for our products.

  • Classic LoFric
  • LoFric Primo 
  • LoFric Hydro-Kit 
  • LoFric Sense

If you are interested in the life cycle assessment study of LoFric you will find a summary on Science Direct.

Practicalities

All reference numbers can be found under “assortment” for each product. The PVC-free products have new reference numbers, and both variants are listed on our international website during the conversion period (local variances may apply).

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