FDA approves first spray-on skin product

“You just spray it on the patient, on the burned area,” said Chris Houchens of the federal government’s Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority, or BARDA, which helped pay for its development. The cells in the solution take hold and start to grow, forming a fresh layer of normal skin.

It was experimental then, but the Food and Drug Administration approved ReCell Thursday night. Avita Medical, a small regenerative medicine company, will develop the product for sale in the United States.

It’s the first spray-on skin product to win approval for the U.S. market.

Close to half a million people get burns so bad that they need medical treatment, according to the American Burn Association and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.