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Oct 28, 2008

Has PMMA been approved by the FDA for use in the U.S.A.? If so what is its name and do they have a program such as the makers of sculptra for those who are in financial need?

Response from Mr. Vergel

Yes, it is called Artefill. NO patient assistance for HIV. It would cost over 20,000 dollars to restore a face with grade 3 facial wasting. I wrote a letter to the company to ask them to do research in HIV facial lipoatrophy with no answer. The company's name is Artes Medical.

Here is their web site:

It would be nice if people like you would send them letters to ask them to help those with HIV lipoatrophy. The product seems good and it is a permanent solution to facial wasting. But at the current cost, it is prohibitive for most patients. Many patients are traveling to Mexico and Rio de Janeiro to get cheaper PMMA products injected in their faces.

It is unfortunate that in 2008 we do not have a permanent FDA approved solution to facial wasting. You can find out more in my web site

Nelson Vergel

is this good news?

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