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Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Volume 2013, Article ID 801374, 9 pages
Research Article

A New Type of Biphasic Calcium Phosphate Cement as a Gentamicin Carrier for Osteomyelitis

1Division of Medical Engineering Research, National Health Research Institutes, Miaoli county 350, Taiwan
2Institute of Biomedical Engineering, National Taiwan University, Taipei 100, Taiwan
3Institute of Biomedical Engineering and Material Science, Central Taiwan University of Science and Technology, Taichung 406, Taiwan

Received 2 January 2013; Accepted 8 February 2013

Academic Editor: Yueh-Sheng Chen

Copyright © 2013 Wen-Yu Su et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Osteomyelitis therapy is a long-term and inconvenient procedure for a patient. Antibiotic-loaded bone cements are both a complementary and alternative treatment option to intravenous antibiotic therapy for the treatment of osteomyelitis. In the current study, the biphasic calcium phosphate cement (CPC), called α-TCP/HAP (α-tricalcium phosphate/hydroxyapatite) biphasic cement, was prepared as an antibiotics carrier for osteomyelitis. The developed biphasic cement with a microstructure of α-TCP surrounding the HAP has a fast setting time which will fulfill the clinical demand. The X-ray diffraction and Fourier transform infrared spectrometry analyses showed the final phase to be HAP, the basic bone mineral, after setting for a period of time. Scanning electron microscopy revealed a porous structure with particle sizes of a few micrometers. The addition of gentamicin in α-TCP/HAP would delay the transition of α-TCP but would not change the final-phase HAP. The gentamicin-loaded α-TCP/HAP supplies high doses of the antibiotic during the initial 24 hours when they are soaked in phosphate buffer solution (PBS). Thereafter, a slower drug release is produced, supplying minimum inhibitory concentration until the end of the experiment (30 days). Studies of growth inhibition of Staphylococcus aureus and Pseudomonas aeruginosa in culture indicated that gentamicin released after 30 days from α-TCP/HAP biphasic cement retained antibacterial activity.