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Health Economics Model Shows That Dermagraft® Combined With Conventional Care is a Cost-Effective Treatment for Diabetic Foot Ulcers in Medicare and Commercially Insured Populations
Date:6/24/2011

up for those who had adverse events. There were 6 (4.6%) ulcer-related amputations/resections among 130 patients in the Dermagraft plus conventional care arm, compared with 13 (11.3%) among 115 patients in the conventional care arm.

Diabetes is a chronic and disabling disease and the incidence is expected to grow significantly in the coming years due to an aging population and increasing trends towards obesity, unhealthy diets and sedentary lifestyles. The disease often leads to other health complications, such as heart disease, stroke and diabetic neuropathy, which can lead to DFUs. Of the chronic medical conditions that patients with diabetes are most likely to get, 15 to 25% will develop a DFU in their lifetime. Despite receiving good wound care, 70% of DFUs fail to heal within 20 weeks. The cost to treat a new DFU in the U.S. is estimated to be $51,531 in the first two years.

About DermagraftDermagraft is a cryopreserved human fibroblast-derived dermal substitute; it is composed of fibroblasts, extracellular matrix, and a bioabsorbable scaffold. Dermagraft is manufactured from human fibroblast cells. During the manufacturing process, the human fibroblasts are seeded onto a bioabsorbable, polyglactin mesh scaffold. The fibroblasts proliferate to fill the interstices of this scaffold and secrete human dermal collagen, matrix proteins, growth factors, and cytokines to create a three-dimensional human dermal substitute containing metabolically active, living cells.

Dermagraft is indicated for use in the treatment of full-thickness DFUs greater than 6 weeks duration, which extend through the dermis, but without tendon, muscle, joint capsule, or bone exposure. Dermagraft should be used in conjunction with standard wound care regimens and in patients who have adequate blood supply to the involved foot. Clinical data from the pivotal study showed a 64% relative increase in wound closure for Dermagraft over active control in patients with diabetic
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