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Should I Thank the F.D.A.?

Posted By Don Boudreaux On September 28, 2013 @ 10:27 am In FDA,Health,Regulation | Comments Disabled

Kenneth Hodge – in response to my post yesterday on my surgery to repair an inguinal hernia [1] – e-mails me about surgical glue (which I lauded in my post):

It was available since the 60s but thanks to the FDA it was not used until 1998.

Here’s a link to a Wikipedia entry that Mr. Hodge sent on cyanoacrylate [2].  A slice:

CA glue was in veterinary use for mending bone, hide, and tortoise shell by the early 1970s or before. Harry Coover said in 1966 that a CA spray was used in the Vietnam war [3] to retard bleeding in wounded soldiers until they could be brought to a hospital. Butyl cyanoacrylate [4] has been used medically since the 1970s. In the US, due to its potential to irritate the skin, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration [5] did not approve its use as a medical adhesive until 1998 with Dermabond [6].[11] [7] Research has demonstrated the use of cyanoacrylate in wound closure as being safer and more functional than traditional suturing [8] (stitches).[12] [9] The adhesive has demonstrated superior performance in the time required to close a wound, incidence of infection (suture canals through the skin’s epidermal, dermal, and subcutaneous fat layers introduce extra routes of contamination),[12] [9] and final cosmetic appearance.

Make of this fact what you will.

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[1] my post yesterday on my surgery to repair an inguinal hernia: http://cafehayek.com/2013/09/thankful-for-modernity-case-708083549.html

[2] Here’s a link to a Wikipedia entry that Mr. Hodge sent on cyanoacrylate: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cyanoacrylate

[3] Vietnam war: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vietnam_war

[4] Butyl cyanoacrylate: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Butyl_cyanoacrylate

[5] U.S. Food and Drug Administration: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/U.S._Food_and_Drug_Administration

[6] Dermabond: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2-Octyl_cyanoacrylate

[7] [11]: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cyanoacrylate#cite_note-11

[8] suturing: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Suturing

[9] [12]: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cyanoacrylate#cite_note-Non-suture_Closure_of_Wounds-12

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