Heberprot-P is a drug developed in Cuba as a cure for diabetic foot ulcer. The product contains epidermal growth factor (EGF) to be applied by intra-lesional injections directly in the wound site.[non-primary source needed] It has been found to "promote granulation and healing in advanced diabetic foot ulcers".
Clinical trials and use
The drug is currently in use in Cuba, Argentina, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Guatemala, Mexico, Panamá, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay, Venezuela, Russia and in the Domenican Republicand, Vietnam, and the Philippines. It has been submitted for patent examination in Canada. As of July 2012, China has started advanced stage-three tests of the drug, along with colleagues at 100 hospitals throughout the European Union. These trials are the first time Cuban scientists have undertaken advanced clinical trials in developed countries.
The drug has been available in Algeria since 2008, and has seen use in 31 hospitals in the country. It was used on 314 patients, with a success rate of 90%. A local firm has applied to manufacture the drug in Algeria.[better source needed]
In South east Asian countries such as Vietnam and the Philippines, this innovative biotech drug for preventing lower extremities amputation due to severe diabetic foot ulcers is being used as an advanced wound care healing drug and may be accessed through wound care clinics or wound care specialists among hospitals.[neutrality is disputed]
The drug and clinical trials have been looked over by scientists in the USA, calling the drug "very clever"[this quote needs a citation], but the political situation between Cuba and the USA may have some effect on the drug being formally evaluated in the USA.[neutrality is disputed]
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