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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 19, 1999
TV DRAMA “ER” SHOWCASES NEW DERMABOND* TOPICAL SKIN ADHESIVE
George Clooney’s Final Episode Features Breakthrough in Skin Closure
Raleigh, N.C., February 19, 1999 — Last night’s episode of the hit NBC television drama "ER" featured more than just actor George Clooney’s farewell. Millions of viewers were introduced to DERMABOND* Topical Skin Adhesive, a new alternative to sutures, staples and skin strips for secure skin closure. During a pivotal scene in the show, Clooney, portraying physician Doug Ross, was treated for a gash on his forehead that the nurse on the show who treated him indicated would have previously required stitches.
DERMABOND Adhesive is now in use at nearly 50 percent of the nation’s 4,000 major hospitals, primarily in emergency room and surgical departments. DERMABOND Adhesive, which can be used to replace sutures, staples, and adhesive strips for closing certain topical incisions and lacerations, is the first such product to be approved by the Food and Drug Administration for the U.S. market.
DERMABOND Adhesive is intended for topical application to close easily approximated skin edges of wounds from surgical incisions, including punctures from minimally invasive surgery, and simple, thoroughly cleansed trauma-induced lacerations. DERMABOND Adhesive should be used in conjunction with, but not in place of, subcuticular sutures, when they are required.
A study appearing in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in November 1998 highlighted findings from a one-year period that shows patients treated with DERMABOND Adhesive experience superior cosmetic outcomes compared to patients treated with sutures. Cosmetic outcome (scarring) is an important consideration when treating facial lacerations.
One hundred and eleven patients participated in the trial, which was conducted in a facial plastic and reconstructive surgery setting. Patients were assigned to two groups: those with wounds requiring subcutaneous sutures or wounds without subcutaneous sutures. These groups were then randomized to receive treatment with either DERMABOND Adhesive or sutures.
At one year, photos of the healed wounds were given to two independent facial plastic surgeons who were unfamiliar with the study design to rate the appearance of the healed incisions. Each surgeon was asked to rate the cosmetic result using a visual analog scale, which is more specific than the scale used at 90 days during clinical studies submitted to the Food and Drug Administration.
At one-year post-treatment, the facial plastic surgeons’ evaluation of the photos revealed the group that received treatment with DERMABOND Adhesive received cosmetic outcome ratings superior to the group treated with sutures. In addition, there were no instances of wound dehiscence, hematoma or infection.
"The advantages of tissue adhesive in skin closure are significant to both patients and physicians, providing faster, relatively painless closure as compared to sutures," says Dean M. Toriumi, MD, Associate Professor, Division of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Department of Otolaryngology -- Head and Neck Surgery, University of Illinois at Chicago, and lead author of the study. "Our study finds that in certain applications and with proper wound management, tissue adhesive also provides a better cosmetic result than sutures. This is particularly important for use in surgical procedures on the head or face where scarring is an important consideration."
DERMABOND Adhesive must not get into the wound or be used below the skin. It should not be used across areas of skin tension, such as knuckles, elbows or knees, unless the joint will be immobilized during the wound healing process. DERMABOND Adhesive also should not be used on patients with a known hypersensitivity to cyanoacrylate or formaldehyde, or on any wounds with visual evidence of active infection, gangrenous wounds or wounds from decubitus ulcers. It should not be used on mucosal surfaces or internally. Physicians should consult the package insert for full information on use.
DERMABOND Adhesive competes in a worldwide market of approximately 90 million procedures and annual suture and staple sales of $2.6 billion. In 1996, CLOSURE Medical licensed exclusive worldwide marketing and distribution rights for DERMABOND Topical Skin Adhesive to ETHICON, INC., a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson.
CLOSURE Medical () develops, commercializes and manufactures medical cohesive products for wound closure based on its proprietary cyanoacrylate technology. CLOSURE’s nonabsorbable products may be used to replace sutures and staples for certain topical wound closure applications, while its absorbable products can potentially be used as surgical sealants and cohesives for internal wound closure and management. Currently marketed products include: DERMABOND, CLOSURE’s non-absorbable adhesive used for certain topical wound closure applications marketed and distributed exclusively by ETHICON, INC., a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson; Octyldent®, used in conjunction with antibiotics to treat adult periodontal disease; and, Nexaband®, a line of topical cohesives used in veterinary wound closure and management.
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