Vericel markets two autologous cell therapy products in the U.S.
What is Carticel?
Carticel is used to repair articular cartilage injuries in the knee (femoral condyle) in patients who have had an inadequate response to a prior arthroscopic or other surgical repair procedure. Carticel is an FDA-approved biologic product that consists of a patient’s own harvested cartilage cells (chondrocytes) which are then multiplied into millions of cells. These autologous cultured chondrocytes are then implanted into the knee cartilage defect in a surgical procedure called autologous chondrocyte implantation (ACI). When implanted, Carticel generates hyaline-like cartilage repair tissue.
Carticel® (autologous cultured chondrocytes) is an autologous cellular product indicated for the repair of symptomatic cartilage defects of the femoral condyle (medial, lateral or trochlea), caused by acute or repetitive trauma, in patients who have had an inadequate response to a prior arthroscopic or other surgical repair procedure (e.g., debridement, microfracture, drilling/abrasion arthroplasty, or osteochondral allograft/autograft).
Carticel should only be used in conjunction with debridement, placement of a periosteal flap and rehabilitation. The independent contributions of the autologous cultured chondrocytes and other components of the therapy to outcome are unknown.
Carticel is not indicated for the treatment of cartilage damage associated with generalized osteoarthritis.
Carticel is not recommended for patients with total meniscectomy unless surgically reconstructed prior to or concurrent with Carticel implantation.
Important Safety Information
Carticel should not be used in patients with a known history of hypersensitivity to gentamicin, other aminoglycosides or materials of bovine origin.
It should not be used in patients who have previously had cancer in the bones, cartilage, fat or muscle of the treated limb.
Pre-existing conditions, including meniscal tears, joint instability, or malalignment should be assessed and treated prior to or concurrent with Carticel implantation.
Carticel is not routinely tested for transmissible infectious diseases and may transmit disease to the healthcare provider handling Carticel.
Use of Carticel in children, patients over age 65, or in joints other than the knee has not yet been assessed.
The occurrence of subsequent surgical procedures (SSPs), primarily arthroscopy, following Carticel implantation is common. In the Study of the Treatment of Articular Repair (STAR), forty-nine percent (49%) of patients underwent an SSP on the treated knee, irrespective of their relationship to Carticel, during the 4-year follow up. The most common serious adverse events (≥5% of patients), derived from STAR, include arthrofibrosis/joint adhesions, graft overgrowth, chondromalacia or chondrosis, cartilage injury, graft complication, meniscal lesion, graft delamination, and osteoarthritis.
What is Epicel? Epicel is a cultured epidermal autograft (CEA) — a skin graft grown from a patient’s own skin. These grafts provide skin replacement for patients who have deep dermal or full thickness burns comprising a total body surface area of greater than or equal to 30%. From 2 postage stamp-sized biopsies, Vericel can grow enough skin to cover the patient’s entire body.