Renewed U.S.-Cuba Relations: Saving American Lives and Limbs?

January 24, 2015 3:12 PM

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Because of our estrangement from the Caribbean nation, most may be unaware that its biotech industry is booming, since the 1980s one of the 'big three' in the global South (with Brazil and India). Its latest R&D breakthrough is a medication called Heberprot-P, which has already treated 165,000 diabetic-foot patients in 26 countries, reducing relative risk for amputation by 75%. The treatment is in trials in 5 countries and in Europe, where it's known as Epiprot.** Results on safety and effectiveness have been published in the International Wound Journal,Diabetes Careand MEDICC Review, among others, documenting ten years of clinical experience.

Our California-based nonprofit MEDICC (Medical Education Cooperation with Cuba), took a bipartisan delegation to Havana to see diabetes care and Heberprot-P at work -- as it happened, on the eve of the December 17 historic announcement by the U.S. and Cuban governments. The group included Rep. Diana...

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