Spine Update: BMP Use Continues to Expand
Medtronic recently declared that InFUSE, the company's blockbuster spine bone graft product that provides the growth factor rhBMP-2 as part of a lumbar fusion cage, was well on its way to becoming standard of care in spine surgery. The company's success has fueled interest in a plethora of potential entrants into the biologic bone formation market.
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