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Drugs reference index «Becaplermin»



Pronunciation: (be-KAP-ler-min)Class: Wound healing agent

Trade Names:Regranex- Topical gel 0.01%


Promotes the chemotactic recruitment and proliferation of cells involved in wound repair and enhances the formation of granulation tissue.



Systemic bioavailability was nonquantifiable in clinical studies.

Indications and Usage

Treatment of lower extremity diabetic neuropathic ulcers that extend into the subcutaneous tissue or beyond and have an adequate blood supply.


Known hypersensitivity to any component of the product; known neoplasm at the site(s) of application.

Dosage and Administration

Adults and Adolescents 16 yr of age and older

Topical Amount applied varies depending upon the size of the ulcer. Each square inch of ulcer requires approximately 2/ 3 - or 1 1/ 3 –inch length of gel from a 15 or 2 g tube, respectively, applied daily.

General Advice

  • The amount of becaplermin gel to be applied depends on the rate of change of the ulcer area, and should be recalculated at weekly or biweekly intervals by the health care provider or caregiver.
  • Apply by squeezing the required length of gel onto a clean measuring surface (eg, wax paper). Then transfer the gel, using an application aid, and spread the gel over the entire ulcer area, in a thin continuous layer approximately 1/ 16 of an inch thick.
  • After application, cover the site with a saline moistened dressing and leave in place for approximately 12 h.
  • Remove the dressing and rinse the ulcer with saline or water to remove residual gel and cover again with a second moist dressing for the remainder of the day.
  • Apply once daily until ulcer completely heals.
  • If the ulcer does not decrease in size by 30% after 10 weeks or completely heal within 20 weeks, continued treatment should be reassessed.


Store in refrigerator (36° to 46°F). Do not freeze.

Drug Interactions

None well documented.

Laboratory Test Interactions

None well documented.

Adverse Reactions


Erythematous rash (2%).



An increased rate of mortality secondary to malignancy was observed in patients treated with 3 or more tubes of becaplermin gel. Use with caution in patients with known malignancy.


Monitor for evidence of reduced ulcer.


Category C .




Safety and efficacy not established in children younger than 16 yr of age.


No differences in safety and efficacy were observed in patients 65 yr of age and older compared with younger patients.


Use with caution in patients with known malignancy.


If application-site reactions occur, consider the possibility of paraben or m-cresol sensitization or irritation.



No information available.

Patient Information

  • Instruct patients to thoroughly wash hands prior to applying the gel.
  • Instruct patient not to allow the tip of the tube to come into contact with the ulcer or any other surface.
  • Instruct patient to apply gel with a cotton swab, tongue depressor, or other application aid.

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