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Derma Sciences to start selling Intermittent Pneumatic Compression Therapy device

Derma Sciences USA : 04 September, 2008  (New Product)
Derma Sciences is to begin selling its novel Mobility1 Intermittent Pneumatic Compression Therapy device beginning in October 2008 after initially introducing the product to vascular surgeons at the 9th Annual New Cardiovascular Horizons (NCVH) Conference, scheduled September 10 to 13, 2008 in New Orleans, USA.
The patented device, licensed from Israeli technology company C-Boot in December 2006, is indicated for the treatment of chronic venous insufficiency, venous leg ulcers, lymphadema, the prevention of deep vein thrombosis, and numerous other indications. The product will be the only one of its kind, allowing mobile patients to receive optimal therapy while maintaining their lifestyle, as opposed to being homebound for treatment.

Derma Sciences chief executive officer, Ed Quilty stated, 'This is another significant milestone for Derma as we continue to launch novel and important new technologies into the advanced wound care market. We're excited about the launch of Mobility1 for several reasons: First, it is the only product of its kind and clearly will answer an unmet need among mobile patients who do not receive good outcomes from traditional static compression products like stockings and compression wraps. Allowing these patients to continue on with their normal lifestyle, getting them back to work sooner than later, will be a significant advantage over other pneumatic devices. Secondly, with its unparalleled ease of use, we believe that it will help to increase patient compliance, which is a huge issue with compression stockings, wraps, and other pneumatic devices. This should help drive efficacy, and potentially reduce the number of active leg ulcers and complications associated with these ulcers. Finally, we are excited to add another significant new product into our line, now that our sales force is up and running with our successful launch of Medihoney. This represents another step in the implementation of our strategic plan to drive shareholder value through the launch of novel, higher margin technologies.'

Compression therapy is broadly considered the standard of care for venous leg ulcers. Typically, patients will first receive inexpensive compression stocking and wraps, with outcomes measured over a six-month timeframe. Compliance is a significant issue with these types of products, as they are difficult for patients to apply, and can be painful.

The products deliver what is known as ‘static’ compression, as the level of compression remains consistent and does not change over time. Even with good compliance, usage of these products leads to a roughly 50 to 70 percent heal rate. For those patients who do not see good outcomes, the next course of action is the usage of an intermittent pneumatic compression device. This type of product delivers what is known as ‘dynamic’ compression, where the compression first is applied at the heel, and then gradually progresses up the patient's leg, helping to better move blood back to the heart. Although this dynamic compression is considered more optimal for those who do not heal with static compression, the compressors driving the system are quite large, necessitating the patients to remain at home while receiving therapy several times per day.

Mobility1 is based on two patents that allow the compressed air to be driven by the kinetic energy of the patient (while in motion). This allows the patient to keep their typical lifestyle, working, travelling, or simply getting around outdoors. The device also comes with a small compressor that can be used while the patient is at rest. The compressor itself is small enough to fit into a purse, briefcase, or travel bag, thus adding to the portability and mobility provided by the device.
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