3728839 is referenced by 55 patents and cites 2 patents.

A dry absorbable synthetic surgical element of a polymer subject to hydrolytic degradation to non-toxic, tissue-compatible, absorbable components, such as a polyglycolic acid suture, is package in an air-tight sealed container which is substantially impervious to water vapor such as a laminate film having a metallic foil layer. The gaseous contents of the envelope are, prior to sealing the suture within the envelope, either evacuated or replaced with a gas which is inert towards said surgical element and which is substantially free from water. The water content should be below 0.5 percent by weight of the weight of the surgical element, and preferably is below 0.05 percent by weight. Polyglycolic acid sutures and other elements thus packaged retain acceptable levels of strength for at least one year at storage temperatures of 72.degree.F. and ambient humidity outside the package. The contents may be sterilized by using ethylene oxide.

Title
Storage stable surgically absorbable polyglycolic acid products
Application Number
05/138,425
Publication Number
3728839
Application Date
April 29, 1971
Publication Date
April 24, 1973
Inventor
Glick Arthur
Assignee
American Cyanamid Company
IPC
B65b 55/10
B65D 75/26
A61B 17/06
A61L 02/20
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