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ETHICON, INC. Announces Revised Label For REGRANEX(R) (becaplermin) Gel 0.01%
Date:6/6/2008

SOMERVILLE, N.J., June 6 /PRNewswire/ -- ETHICON, INC. today announces revised labeling for REGRANEX Gel, a topical formulation of recombinant human platelet-derived growth factor indicated as an adjunct to the treatment of lower extremity diabetic neuropathic ulcers.

The WARNINGS section of the label has been updated to include a BOXED WARNING and a description of the epidemiologic data that is the basis for it. These data come from a retrospective study that compared cancer incidence and cancer mortality among 1,622 patients exposed to REGRANEX Gel to 2,809 matched comparators. The results were consistent with no overall increase in cancer incidence among patients exposed to REGRANEX Gel, however, there was a five- fold increased risk of cancer mortality in the group exposed to three or more tubes of REGRANEX Gel, based on four cases. The types of cancers varied and were remote from the treatment site.

The BOXED WARNING states "An increased rate of mortality secondary to malignancy was observed in patients treated with three or more tubes of REGRANEX Gel in a post-marketing retrospective cohort study. REGRANEX Gel should only be used when the benefits can be expected to outweigh the risks. REGRANEX Gel should be used with caution in patients with known malignancy."

The Company has worked closely with the FDA to ensure that the REGRANEX Gel label provides physicians and patients with the information they need to make the most appropriate and informed treatment decisions. ETHICON, INC. is committed to broadly disseminating this new prescribing information about the safety of REGRANEX Gel through a "Dear Healthcare Professional" letter and its field-based employees.

"We remain confident in the safety and efficacy of REGRANEX Gel when used according to its label," said James C. Hart, MD, Vice President, Global Medical Affairs, ETHICON. "The benefits of REGRANEX Gel have been established in well-controlled studies and confirmed in cli
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