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Treating wounds with honey dates to ancient Egypt, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved medical grade honey for use on wounds and skin ulcers in 2007, according to an article on the website WebMD.


Medicare had been covering the treatment, but early this year began reconsidering its stance, which could have a ripple effect among other insurers, threatening the availability of medical grade honey and patient access to the product.


The statement said the period to comment on the draft ended last month, and that comments were under review. The date for a final determination has not been set.


However, Tickner said coverage already has effectively been suspended.“It was very arbitrary. There was no science behind it,” he said, adding that more than 160 studies have been done on the use of Medihoney, which is made from the nectar of manuka trees in New Zealand.


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