Clearwater, FL (PressExposure) March 09, 2011 -- In today's world of increasing medical care costs, Amerx Health Care Corporation ("Amerx"), a subsidiary of Procyon Corporation ("Procyon") (NASDAQ BB: PCYN), is pleased to announce the publication of a peer-reviewed scientific study authored by Jonathan Moore, DPM, MS, AAPWCA and Al Perkins, MD, PhD in the December 2010 issue of the Advances in Skin & Wound Care Journal (Lippincott Williams).
The study, "Evaluating Antimicrobial Efficacy and Cost of Three Dressings Containing Silver Versus a Novel Antimicrobial Hydrogel Impregnated Gauze Dressing Containing Oakin®, an Oak Extract" examined the antimicrobial efficacy of four commonly used wound dressings and compared their treatment costs. Study results demonstrated that there were no substantial differences in the corrected zone of inhibition (CZOI) measurements between the silver wound care dressings and the less expensive Oakin® impregnated gauze wound care dressing [http://www.amerigel.com/our-products/saturated-gauze-dressing-consumer.html] (AmeriGel® Hydrogel Saturated Gauze Dressing). Despite the obvious limitations of this study, the results suggest the biggest differences between AmeriGel® and the antimicrobial silver dressings may be more in cost than in antimicrobial efficacy. The study found that the costs of treating 100 patients over a 7 week period with the more expensive silver products could range $80,000 compared to the AmeriGel® cost of $1,918 - a savings of 97.5%.
Per Dr. Moore, antimicrobial wound care dressings are well accepted and routinely used in the treatment of chronic and problematic wounds. While there are many differences in antimicrobial products on the market today, practitioners report few significant clinical differences between various common antimicrobial wound care dressings despite wide variations in cost. Dressings employ different active ingredients and different presentations of a particular active ingredient to protect the wound from bacterial colonization and promote wound repair. With so many topical antimicrobial dressings to choose from in the clinical setting, it was of prime interest to determine if there was a substantial difference between some of the more commonly used antimicrobial dressings with silver versus an antimicrobial wound dressing using Oakin®.
Amerx Health Care President, Justice Anderson, stated, "We have always believed the Amerigel® line of wound care products [http://www.amerigel.com/our-products.html] provide physicians and wound care professionals a cost-effective antimicrobial option. This study substantiates Amerigel's ability to promote antimicrobial activity to infected wounds at a fraction of the cost."
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