It is no exaggeration to say that Platinum Group Metals (PGMs) save lives, every day and in many different ways as the active ingredient in pharmaceuticals and as key elements in surgical technologies. Medical advances that were once the realm of science fiction are now science fact thanks to PGMs.
Platinum, for example, is used to create key components for a variety of medical devices, including pacemakers, catheters, stents, neuromodulation devices and implantable defibrillators. Platinum is also used in anticancer drugs such as cisplatin, carboplatin, and oxaliplatin.
It is the properties of this precious metal that makes it the material of choice for many medical applications: its biocompatibility, inertness with the human body, durability, electrical conductivity and radiopacity.
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