As an increasing variety of plastics have been developed over the past 150 years, they have been exploited in different healthcare applications (Figure 1). The global medical plastics market is currently worth US$22.26 billion, or 2% of total plastics production by value, and is growing by 6.1% per year.1 The US consumes around 40% of medical devices manufactured globally, followed by Europe and Japan.2 Growth in this sector is likely to be driven by increasing demand for healthcare in developing countries such as Brazil, Russia, India and China,3 with highest compound annual growth rates (6.9%) in the Asia-Pacific region.1 . . .

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