MADE IN THE USA: SHOULD YOU CARE?
You may be thinking “aren’t products made overseas generally less expensive?” or “should I really be concerned about where my equipment is coming from?” In the US Healthcare System, the answer to both of those questions is a resounding “yes”. And here’s why.
The most obvious benefit to making Thomas Medical products in the US is that we create and keep jobs right here in Indiana. Sure, assembly lines would be less expensive, but we would not reap the benefit of a local workforce. We also wouldn’t be able to control the nuance needed to properly make our products; something that only the human hand should do. Making our products by hand also helps us to catch any abnormalities that could end up on your shelf. Furthermore, when you compare our high performing products against machine manufactured devices, you’ll often find that you are paying more for products that don’t perform as well.
Another benefit of making products in the USA, is that we can trace the source of all raw materials. Raw materials are the basic components of any product. For example, our HS catheters are made from non-DEHP plastics, which starts out as small beads or resin. Because medical devices can impact a person’s livelihood, it is critical that we know where that resin comes from. As such, we partner with local vendors, test their raw materials, perform audits, and require Certificates of Analysis for all our products. This allows us to have high control over our product quality.
You may be thinking; doesn’t the FDA regulate all of this so that I don’t have to worry? Well, yes and no. The FDA requires all medical device manufacturers to adhere to their guidelines, however, that doesn’t mean all manufacturers are as rigorous as Thomas Medical.
The good news for you is that most US manufacturers are in compliance with FDA guidelines. But it is worth wondering, if your supplier doesn’t promote “Made in the USA”, where are your supplies coming from?
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