Navigation Links
Derma Sciences Announces First Commercial Sales of BIOGUARD(TM) Barrier Dressings
Date:6/23/2009

PRINCETON, N.J., June 23 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Derma Sciences, Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board: DSCI), a provider of advanced wound care products, announced today that it has begun shipping BIOGUARD(TM) Barrier Dressings to customers. Separately, the company announced that it has been awarded reimbursement codes for the dressings, allowing the products to be reimbursable by Medicare. BIOGUARD will offer surgeons, wound care clinicians, infection control experts and primary care doctors a new weapon against the transmission of such virulent bacteria as Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA).

Speaking about the commencement of product sales, Derma Sciences' CEO Ed Quilty stated, "We are very excited about the sales potential for this product, and are highly encouraged by both the initial orders and positive feedback we have received from customers. We expect BIOGUARD to quickly become one of our most successful new brands in the $14 Billion global wound care market." Quilty continued, "With the ability to kill 99.999% of MRSA and other virulent pathogens, we believe these gauze-based dressings will become an important everyday asset to healthcare providers as they look for more effective and efficient ways to help prevent infections as well as cross-contaminations."

BIOGUARD Barrier Dressings were in vitro tested with the AATCC 100 antimicrobial assay, and the following results were achieved against a broad spectrum of species:

                                                            Average
    Test                                                    Log
    Species                                                 Reduction

    Methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus: MRSA    6.06 (>99.9999%)
    Staphylococcus aureus                               7.10 (>99.99999%)
    Escherichia coliform                                7.10 (>99.99999%)
    Pseudomonas aeruginosa                              7.22 (>99.99999%)
    Corynebacterium xerosis                               5.68 (>99.999%)
    Micrococcus luteus                                   6.02 (>99.9999%)
    Proteus vulgaris                                    7.53 (>99.99999%)
    Streptococcus pyogenes                                5.81 (>99.999%)
    Enterococcus faecalis                                6.26 (>99.9999%)
    Enterobacter  (Aerobacter) aerogenes                  5.88 (>99.999%)
    Staphylococcus epidermidis                          7.44 (>99.99999%)
    Listeria monocytogenes                               6.97 (>99.9999%)
    Vancomycin-Resistant Enterococcus faecium: VRE        5.20 (>99.999%)
    Serratia marescens                                   6.21 (>99.9999%)
    Klebsiella pneumoniae                               7.35 (>99.99999%)

Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS) numbers are the codes used by Medicare and monitored by CMS, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. They are based on the CPT Codes (Current Procedural Technology codes) developed by the American Medical Association. Wound dressings and other supplies are not able to be reimbursed through Medicare without set HCPCS codes. Additionally, most private health insurance companies follow the lead of Medicare with these types of products. The company estimates that the areas within healthcare that rely on HCPCS codes represent approximately one-half of the total market potential for BIOGUARD.

Speaking with regard to the reimbursement codes, VP of Marketing & Business Development, Barry Wolfenson, commented, "Gaining reimbursement codes prior to the launch of our MEDIHONEY(R) dressings proved to be a critical part of our success with that line. It allowed us to immediately sell into the many reimbursement-constrained areas of healthcare. These early sales enabled us to quickly initiate our evidence generation program, which further helped to drive sales into areas of healthcare not constrained by HCPCS codes, such as hospitals. Having codes for BIOGUARD in place so soon, along with the rapid sales traction we have gained with this new product, points to another very successful product launch for Derma."

ABOUT BIOGUARD(TM) Barrier Dressings

BIOGUARD(TM) Barrier Dressings provide a barrier to bacterial contamination while also providing > 5-log (99.999%) average reductions of common pathogens within the dressings. The active component of the dressings, a non-toxic high molecular weight cationic polymer - p-DADMAC - is patented for use in wound dressings and a variety of other fields by Quick-Med Technologies, Inc (QMDT.OB). Derma Sciences entered into an exclusive licensing agreement with Quick-Med for the use of the technology in gauze-based dressings in 2007. BIOGUARD dressings are distinct from other currently available antimicrobial dressings in that they continue to exhibit their high level of activity even in the presence of wound fluid and blood, and also in that the active component is non-leaching. Leaching antimicrobials can exit the base substrate dressing and potentially lead to interference in wound healing as well as to the creation of resistant strains of pathogens. Currently, the market for antimicrobial dressings is estimated to be greater than $200 million in the United States and is one of the fastest growing segments within the $4.1 Billion US market for advanced wound care products.

About Derma Sciences

Derma Sciences is a global manufacturer and marketer of advanced wound care products. Its key product, MEDIHONEY(R), is sold throughout the world by Derma Sciences and Comvita New Zealand -- the licensor of the patented honey-based technology -- and is the leading brand of honey-based dressings for the management of wounds and burns. The product has been shown to be effective in a variety of wounds and burns, and was the focus of a positive large-scale randomized controlled trial on leg ulcers. Derma's recently FDA cleared BIOGUARD(TM) Barrier Dressing is the Company's latest new product entrant into the $14 billion global wound care market. The barrier technology was licensed from Quick-Med Technologies, Inc. in Q1 of 2007. Derma also has in development DSC127, a novel angiotensin analog for accelerated wound healing and scar reduction. DSC127 was licensed from the University of Southern California in Q4 of 2007. Patient enrollment for a Phase II study began in Q4 of 2008. Results from this study are expected to be submitted to the FDA in Q2 of 2010.

For more information about Derma Sciences, Inc., visit http://www.dermasciences.com.

    Contact:

    Derma Sciences, Inc.
    Edward J. Quilty
    Chairman and CEO
    equilty@dermasciences.com
    (609) 514-4744

    Allen & Caron Inc
    Rudy Barrio (US Investors)
    r.barrio@allencaron.com
    (212) 691-8087

    Brian Kennedy (Media)
    brian@allencaron.com
    (212) 691-8087


'/>"/>
SOURCE Derma Sciences, Inc.
Copyright©2009 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. American Academy of Dermatology Association Commends Texas for Enacting the Most Restrictive Indoor Tanning Law in the Country
2. Florida Dermatologists Announce Distinguished Service Award Winner
3. Echo Therapeutics and Handok Pharmaceuticals Sign South Korea License for Needle-free Symphony(TM) Transdermal Continuous Glucose Monitoring System
4. New State of the Art Dermatology Center in Plano TX
5. Video: BeautyScoop(R) Is a Trip to Your Nutritionist and Dermatologist in One Single Packet. Lauren Slayton, NYC Nutritionist & Owner of FoodTrainers
6. Florida Dermatologists Name Albert J. Nemeth, MD, Society President
7. Florida Dermatologists Announce Practitioner of the Year
8. American Academy of Dermatology Issues New Guidelines For the Management of Psoriasis With Systemic Medications
9. Orlando Dermatology Aesthetic & Clinical (ODAC) Conference Announces Its 2010 Event
10. American Academy of Dermatology Recognizes Merz Pharmaceuticals
11. Online System Could Cut Referrals to Dermatologists
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:5/24/2016)... Linda, CA (PRWEB) , ... May 24, 2016 ... ... fluorescent cell imaging; high content imaging; multiplex immunoassays are widely used for cell ... important for labs to maximize their quality and efficiency in these areas. , ...
(Date:5/23/2016)... ... 23, 2016 , ... On the occasion of his 25th Anniversary of changing ... loss process: , New patients have a consultation and evaluation (done by Dr. Ferdico ... , Body Composition Analysis, There are 15 things that each patient gets checked for, ...
(Date:5/23/2016)... ... 23, 2016 , ... According to an article published May 11th ... birth of her son, Rockwell Lloyd Liu, and notes that gestational surrogacy helped make ... Bill” star explains that, as a career oriented single woman, gestational surrogacy made parenthood ...
(Date:5/23/2016)... ... May 23, 2016 , ... NYDNRehab, a New York City-based ... athletes. This is the first time this type of technology, which was developed by ... to the public in New York. , With over 10 million sport injuries ...
(Date:5/23/2016)... ... May 23, 2016 , ... California State University Northridge ... quality of life and is currently focusing on ways to improve how people ... tested through research to find out whether watching them could have a significant ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:5/19/2016)... SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. , May 19, 2016 /PRNewswire/ ... a biopharmaceutical company developing novel therapeutics for the treatment ... announced that new GBT440 data will be presented in ... 21 st Congress in Copenhagen ... ongoing Phase 1/2 GBT440-001 study in sickle cell disease ...
(Date:5/19/2016)... 2016 BioLineRx Ltd. (NASDAQ/TASE: BLRX) ... treatment of multiple cancer and hematological indications, will be ... abstract titled " Clinical response in relapsed/refractory AML patients ... BL-8040, a potent CXCR4 antagonist; results of a Phase ... at the European Hematology Association 21st Congress, to be ...
(Date:5/19/2016)... CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts , May 19, 2016 ... pharmaceuticals and diagnostics based on the gut microbiome, is pleased ... Cambridge, MA to support its operations ... office is located at Kendall Square, the heart of ... global hub for transforming scientific insights into new drugs. The ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: