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GEM 21S® growth-factor enhanced matrix combines a bioactive protein - highly purified rhPDGF-BB - with an osteoconductive matrix, ß-TCP.

GEM 21S® is the only dental therapy containing PDGF, one of the main growth factors found in the human body and well known for its role in wound healing.

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GEM 21S® growth-factor enhanced matrix is indicated to treat the following periodontally related defects: intrabony periodontal defects; furcation periodontal defects; and gingival recession associated with periodontal defects.


As with any periodontal procedure where bone grafting material is used, GEM 21S® is CONTRAINDICATED in the presence of one or more of the following clinical situations: untreated acute infections at the surgical site; untreated malignant neoplasm(s) at the surgical site; patients with a known hypersensitivity to any product component (ß-TCP or rhPDGF-BB); intraoperative soft tissue coverage is required for a given surgical procedure but such coverage is not possible; or conditions in which general bone grafting is not advisable.

The safety and effectiveness of GEM 21S® has not been established: In patients with an active malignant neoplasm and should therefore not be used in such patients; in other non-periodontal bony locations, including other tissues of the oral and craniofacial region such as bone graft sites, tooth extraction sites, bone cavities after cystectomy, and bone defects resulting from traumatic or pathological origin. GEM 21S® has also not been studied in situations where it would be augmenting autogenous bone and other bone grafting materials; in pregnant and nursing women. It is not known whether rhPDGF-BB is excreted in the milk of nursing women; in pediatric patients below the age of 18 years; in patients with teeth exhibiting mobility of greater than Grade II or a Class III furcation; in patients with frequent or excessive use of tobacco products. Careful consideration should be given to alternative therapies prior to performing bone grafting in patients: who have severe endocrine-induced bone diseases (e.g. hyperparathyroidism); who are receiving immunosuppressive therapy; or who have known conditions that may lead to bleeding complications (e.g. hemophilia).

The GEM 21S® grafting material is intended to be placed into periodontally related defects. It must not be injected systemically.

The radiopacity of GEM 21S® is comparable to that of bone and diminishes as GEM 21S® is resorbed. The radiopacity of GEM 21S® must be considered when evaluating radiographs as it may mask underlying pathological conditions.

GEM 21S® contains becaplermin – a recombinantly produced, human platelet-derived growth factor, homodimer BB (rhPDGF-BB), which is a protein that has been shown to promote the formation of bone in periodontal defects. rhPDGF-BB (“PDGF”) is also the active ingredient of another FDA approved product, REGRANEX® Gel, which is a topical gel formulation, indicated for the treatment of lower extremity diabetic neuropathic ulcers.1

An increased rate of mortality secondary to malignancy with use of high quantities (i.e. 3 or more tubes of REGRANEX® Gel) was demonstrated in a single study of its use in treatment of diabetic, neuropathic ulcers. Two subsequent studies did not demonstrate this increased rate. No relationship has been demonstrated regarding use of PDGF in periodontal defects and malignancy or mortality secondary to malignancy.

Although no serious adverse reactions attributable to GEM 21S® were reported in a 180 patient clinical trial, patients being treated with GEM 21S® may experience any of the following adverse events that have been reported in the literature with regard to periodontal surgical grafting procedures: swelling; pain; bleeding; hematoma; dizziness; fainting; difficulty breathing, eating, or speaking; sinusitis; headaches; increased tooth mobility; superficial or deep wound infection; cellulitis; wound dehiscence; neuralgia and loss of sensation locally and peripherally; and, anaphylaxis. Occurrence of one or more of these conditions may require an additional surgical procedure and may also require removal of the grafting material.

1. GEM 21S® [Package Insert]. Shirley, NY: Osteohealth Company, Division of Luitpold Pharmaceuticals, Inc. 2014.

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GEM 21S® are registered trademarks of Osteohealth, a Division of Luitpold Pharmaceuticals, Inc. ©Copyright Osteohealth Company, Division of Luitpold Pharmaceuticals, Inc. 2018.