The Brave New World of Skin Grafting — From Foreskins to Foot Ulcers

| Mar 1, 1998

Dermagraft, a human skin replacement for the treatment of diabetic foot ulcers has been recommended to the FDA for approval on the condition that Advanced Tissue Sciences, Inc. and its partner Smith & Nephew plc perform a post marketing study.

Dermagraft is a living skin replacement produced from foreskin tissue removed at circumcisions which is then cultured in a laboratory. Dermagraft is then frozen for storage and shipped to physicians to be administered to patients.

In the U.S., it is estimated that diabetic foot ulcers affect nearly 15 percent of the 16 million patients with diabetes. The vote to recommend approval by the General and Plastic Surgery Devices Panel of the Medical Devices Advisory Committee to the U.S. FDA was made after the company presented clinical data demonstrating that diabetic foot ulcers could be completely healed within 12 weeks with the use of Dermagraft.

Advanced Tissue Sciences, Inc. based in La Jolla, Calif., and Smith & Nephew plc are pursuing the worldwide commercialization of Dermagraft through a fifty-fifty joint venture.

Click Here To View Or Post Comments

Categories: Diabetes, Foot Care, Skin Care, Wound Care

Take the Diabetes Health Pump Survey
See What's Inside
Read this FREE issue now
For healthcare professionals only

You can view the current or previous issues of Diabetes Health online, in their entirety, anytime you want.
Click Here To View

See if you qualify for our free healthcare professional magazines. Click here to start your application for Pre-Diabetes Health, Diabetes Health Pharmacist and Diabetes Health Professional.

Learn More About the Professional Subscription

Free Diabetes Health e-Newsletter

Top Rated
Print | Email | Share | Comments (0)

You May Also Be Interested In...


Add your comments about this article below. You can add comments as a registered user or anonymously. If you choose to post anonymously your comments will be sent to our moderator for approval before they appear on this page. If you choose to post as a registered user your comments will appear instantly.

When voicing your views via the comment feature, please respect the Diabetes Health community by refraining from comments that could be considered offensive to other people. Diabetes Health reserves the right to remove comments when necessary to maintain the cordial voice of the diabetes community.

For your privacy and protection, we ask that you do not include personal details such as address or telephone number in any comments posted.

Don't have your Diabetes Health Username? Register now and add your comments to all our content.

Have Your Say...

Username: Password:
©1991-2014 Diabetes Health | Home | Privacy | Press | Advertising | Help | Contact Us | Donate | Sitemap

Diabetes Health Medical Disclaimer

The information on this site is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. All content, including text, graphics, images, and information, contained on or available through this website is for general information purposes only. Opinions expressed here are the opinions of writers, contributors, and commentators, and are not necessarily those of Diabetes Health. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking medical treatment because of something you have read on or accessed through this website.