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News From the Food and Drug Administration
June 16, 2015

Surgical Sealant Gets the Nod

JAMA. 2015;313(23):2312. doi:10.1001/jama.2015.6323

The first spray-dried fibrin sealant used to control bleeding during surgery has gained FDA approval.

Raplixa is a biological product that contains fibrinogen and thrombin, 2 proteins found in human plasma. The sealant dissolves in blood, triggering a reaction between those proteins, which forms blood clots to stop small blood vessels from bleeding when standard techniques such as suture, ligature, or cautery are ineffective or impractical (http://1.usa.gov/1HVGQSd).

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