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B. Braun Offers Wound Patients a New 'Over-the-Counter' Wound Management Gel - Prontosan®
Date:1/10/2011

BETHLEHEM, Pa., Jan. 10, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- In its continued effort to advance best practices in wound care management, B. Braun Medical Inc. (B. Braun) announced today that Prontosan® Wound Management Gel with PHMB (Polyhexanide), a product used in the healthcare setting for cleaning wounds as well as moistening and lubricating absorbent wound dressings, is now available for over-the-counter (OTC) use. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted 510(k) clearance for Prontosan® Wound Management Gel for OTC use in November 2010.

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"Effective wound care management no longer needs to be limited to within healthcare facility walls," said Mike Kelly, Director of Marketing, Infection Control Products for B. Braun Medical Inc. "The 510(k) clearance for over-the-counter use of Prontosan® Wound Management Gel advances B. Braun's commitment to infection prevention, helping to provide solutions that positively impact patients' care – in a physician's office, acute care setting or in a patient's home."

Prontosan® aids in the thorough removal of dirt and debris from chronic wounds, skin ulcers and abrasions, even when surfaces are difficult to access (i.e. skin folds, fissures and wound pockets), and can be used to cleanse and soften encrusted wound coatings.

The ready-to-use gel contains PHMB and Betaine, the surfactant for the cleansing and moistening of wounds. PHMB has quickly gained popularity among healthcare professionals as a wound irrigation cleanser. Its non-toxic and biocompatible formula offers ex
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