Thursday, February 5, 2015


FDA approves first tissue adhesive for internal use.

The Philadelphia Inquirer (2/5, McCullough) reports that the FDA has approved TissuGlu, “the first tissue adhesive for internal use in the body.” Surgeons can use it “to reconnect the big sheets of tissue created during abdominoplasties, or ‘tummy tucks,’ in which excess fat and skin are cut away.” William Maisel, Chief Scientist and Deputy Center Director for Science at FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health, said the approval “will help some abdominoplasty patients get back to their daily routine after surgery more quickly than if surgical drains had been inserted.” Reuters (2/5, Penumudi) and Medscape (2/5, Lowes) also cover the story.