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ConvaTec Announces Expanded Indications for AQUACEL(R) and AQUACEL(R) Ag Dressings in Management of Surgical Wounds
Date:1/22/2009

Represents Latest Advancement for ConvaTec Proprietary Hydrofiber(R) Technology

SKILLMAN, N.J., Jan. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- ConvaTec, a world-leading developer and marketer of innovative medical technologies for community and hospital care, announced today that the company received expanded indications from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for its AQUACEL(R) and AQUACEL(R) Ag Dressings with Hydrofiber(R) Technology for the management of surgical wounds that heal by primary intent, building upon the products' extensive indications for chronic and acute wounds.

AQUACEL(R) and AQUACEL(R) Ag Dressings are soft, absorbent barrier wound dressings which feature the unique gelling benefits of ConvaTec Hydrofiber(R) Technology. AQUACEL(R) Ag Dressing also provides the broad-spectrum antimicrobial properties of ionic silver, which kills a broad range of pathogens in the dressing, including methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and vancomycin-resistant enterococci (VRE).(1)

"Approximately 27 million surgical procedures are performed annually in the United States.(2) ConvaTec is extremely pleased that, with this expanded indication, health care professionals will now be able to safely and effectively use both AQUACEL(R) and AQUACEL(R) Ag Dressings across a broad spectrum of wounds related to surgical incisions," said Marcus Schabacker, Chief Scientific Officer.

In addition to the new indication for the management of surgical wounds that heal by primary intent (including dermatologic, orthopedic and vascular incisions), the initial indication for use in surgical wounds left to heal by secondary intent was clarified to specifically encompass dehisced surgical incisions. AQUACEL(R) Ag Dressing also received an expanded indication for the management of infected wounds.

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