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FDA releases safety communication on bone graft substitutes

January 29, 2015

The FDA has released a safety communication to inform health care providers that bone graft substitutes containing recombinant proteins or synthetic peptides should not be the first treatment considered for patients younger than 18 years of age with significant bone defects or rare bone disorders.

A press release from the FDA reported results of serious injuries, including excess bone growth, fluid accumulation, inhibited bone healing and swelling, with use of bone graft substitutes containing recombinant proteins or synthetic peptides. Although these events are similar to those seen in patients older than 18, the FDA reported a higher concern in patients younger than 18 due to their overall smaller size and because their bones are still growing.

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