FDA Approves Treatment for Severe Frostbite

The injections are intended to prevent amputation of digits.

The Food and Drug Administration approved a new treatment for severe frostbite this week that is intended to prevent the amputation of fingers or toes. Iloprost, the medicine marketed under the name Aurlumyn for injection, is a vasodilator that opens blood vessels and prevents clotting. It was originally approved in 2004 for the treatment of pulmonary arterial hypertension.

“This approval provides patients with the first-ever treatment option for severe frostbite,” said FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research Division of Cardiology and Nephrology Director Norman Stockbridge. “Having this new option provides physicians with a tool that will help prevent the life-changing amputation of one’s frostbitten fingers or toes.” 

Severe frostbite causes damage when the skin and underlying tissue become frozen, and blood flow stops.

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  • For Commissioner Califf to be discerning as he oversees the Food and Drug Administration.
  • For FDA researchers as they review and approve treatments and interventions for various illnesses and disorders.

Sources: Reuters


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