The morbidity associated with diabetic foot ulcers is striking.9 When it comes to properly healing diabetic foot ulcers, compliance is one of the most critical factors for success in patient self-care.18

In the diabetic population, patients adhere to a treatment regimen well when:15

  • The treatment regimen makes sense
  • The treatment regimen seems effective
  • Patients believe that the benefits exceed the costs
  • Patients feel they have the ability to succeed at the regimen
  • The environment supports regimen-related behaviors

To enhance compliance with REGRANEX Gel, consider the following:

1 Offer support
  • Refer patients to Regranex360 to answer questions about obtaining and applying REGRANEX Gel
2 Communicate effectively
  • Use simple and clear language
  • Provide written instructions
  • Ask patients to repeat instructions back to you
  • Encourage patients to take notes
3 Promote good habits
  • Encourage patients to bring a caregiver to their appointments
  • Utilize behavioral contracts to improve compliance
  • Refer patients to a diabetes behavioral specialist

The compliance checklist for REGRANEX Gel

At the office:
  • Determine who is going to apply REGRANEX Gel (patient or caregiver)
  • Set patient or caregiver cell phone alarm for daily application and dressing change reminders
  • Schedule weekly or biweekly physician appointments
  • Remind patient and/or caregiver to review the Medication Guide that accompanies the product
At home:
  • Maintain off-loading
  • Examine feet every day
  • Apply REGRANEX Gel as directed
  • Refrigerate REGRANEX Gel
  • Contact clinician with any concerns or side effects
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Copay Assistance Program Terms and Conditions
Not valid for prescriptions eligible to be reimbursed under Medicare (including Medicare part D and Medicare Advantage), Medicaid, TRICARE, CHAMPUS, the Puerto Rico Governmental Health Insurance Plan, or other federal, state, or governmental healthcare programs. Valid in the U.S. only, void where taxed, restricted, or prohibited by law. Accepted by participating pharmacies only. The Copay Assistance Program is not insurance and may be changed or discontinued at any time without notice.

Important Safety Information

Warning: Increased rate of mortality secondary to malignancy
An increased rate of mortality secondary to malignancy was observed in patients treated with 3 or more tubes of REGRANEX (becaplermin) Gel, 0.01% in a postmarketing retrospective cohort study. REGRANEX Gel should only be used when the benefits can be expected to outweigh the risks. REGRANEX Gel should be used with caution in patients with known malignancy.

Indication and limitations of use
REGRANEX Gel is indicated for the treatment of lower extremity diabetic neuropathic ulcers that extend into the subcutaneous tissue or beyond and have an adequate blood supply. REGRANEX Gel is indicated as an adjunct to, and not a substitute for, good ulcer care practices including initial sharp debridement, pressure relief and infection control.

REGRANEX Gel is contraindicated in patients with known neoplasm(s) at the site(s) of application. REGRANEX Gel is contraindicated in patients with known hypersensitivity to any component of the product (eg, parabens).

Warnings and precautions
Malignancies distant from the site of application have been reported in both a clinical study and in postmarketing use. REGRANEX Gel should be used with caution in patients with a known malignancy.

If application site reactions occur, the possibility of sensitization or irritation caused by parabens or m-cresol should be considered.

Commonly observed adverse reactions
In clinical trials, erythematous rashes occurred in 2% of patients treated with REGRANEX Gel (and good ulcer care) or placebo (and good ulcer care), and none in patients receiving good ulcer care alone.

See warnings above regarding malignancy.

Burning sensation at the site of application and erythema have been reported during post-approval use of REGRANEX Gel.

Other important information
The amount of REGRANEX Gel to be applied should be recalculated by the physician or wound caregiver at weekly or biweekly intervals depending upon the rate of change in ulcer area.

If the ulcer does not decrease in size by approximately 30% after 10 weeks of treatment or complete healing has not occurred in 20 weeks, continued treatment with REGRANEX Gel should be reassessed.

Pregnancy and Nursing Mothers: Pregnancy Category C. REGRANEX Gel should be used during pregnancy only if the potential benefit justifies the potential risk to the fetus. It is not known whether becaplermin is excreted in human milk. Because many drugs are secreted in human milk, caution should be exercised when REGRANEX Gel is administered to nursing women.

Safety and effectiveness of REGRANEX Gel in pediatric patients below the age of 16 years have not been established.

Counsel patients to review the Medication Guide and to discuss any questions or concerns with their healthcare provider before starting REGRANEX Gel and at regular intervals during treatment, including when their prescription is refilled.

To report suspected adverse reactions, contact Smith & Nephew at 1-800-441-8227 or contact FDA at or at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Please see accompanying full Prescribing Information and Medication Guide.

Show References

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Important Safety Information


An increased rate of mortality secondary to malignancy was observed in patients treated with 3 or more tubes of REGRANEX (becaplermin) Gel, 0.01% in a postmarketing retrospective cohort study. REGRANEX Gel should only be used when the benefits can be expected to outweigh the risks. REGRANEX Gel should be used with caution in patients with known malignancy.

Important Safety Information

People who use 3 or more tubes of REGRANEX (becaplermin) Gel may have an increased risk of death from cancer.

You should talk with your healthcare provider about the possible benefits and risks to you if you use more than 3 tubes of REGRANEX Gel. If you already have cancer, you and your healthcare provider should carefully consider whether you will use REGRANEX Gel.