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ORTHOVISC is a sterile, non-pyrogenic solution of sodium hyaluronate for intra-articular injection.
Sodium hyaluronate is a high molecular weight polysaccharide composed of sodium glucuronate and N-acetylglucosamine. Sodium hyaluronate is ubiquitously distributed throughout the tissues of the body and is present in high concentrations in such tissues as vitreous humor, synovial fluid, umbilical cord and dermis. Sodium hyaluronate functions as a tissue lubricant and is thought to play an important role in modulating the interactions between adjacent tissues. It can also act as a viscoelastic support maintaining a separation between tissues. Different sodium hyaluronate preparations may have different molecular weights, but are thought to have the same chemical structure. The sodium hyaluronate in ORTHOVISC has an average molecular weight greater than one million daltons. ORTHOVISC is non-inflammatory and non-pyrogenic. Sodium hyaluronate preparations have been shown to be well tolerated in human eyes, non-antigenic and do not interfere with normal wound healing processes. The sodium hyaluronate in ORTHOVISC is extracted from a natural avian source.
Manufactured by Anika Therapeutics, Inc.
All Injections must be injected by a practitioner who has medical and specialist training. The practitioner must be medically qualified.
Hyaluronan is a high molecular weight polysaccharide composed of repeating disaccharide units of sodium glucuronate and N-acetylglucosamine.
Each syringe contains the following in a 2 ml dose sterile-filled into a syringe: Hyaluronan 30 mg , Sodium Chloride 18 mg, Water for Injection q.s. up to 2.0 ml
ORTHOVISCr does not contain any synthetic additives.
You should not take Orthovisc if you are allergic to hyaluronate products. You should not take Orthovisc if you are allergic to products from birds (poultry, feathers, eggs, etc.). If you are injected with Orthovisc and are allergic to bird products, you could develop an allergic reaction to the injections. You should not have an Orthovisc injection into the knee if you have infections or skin diseases around the injection site.