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Duration of antibiotic use for acne decreasing slowly

from Dermatology Times

Physicians are prescribing antibiotics for acne for shorter durations, but almost one-fifth of antibiotic therapies for acne still exceed six months, according to results of a recent study. For the retrospective cohort study, researchers with Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, Hershey, Pa., reviewed data from the MarketScan Commercial Claims and Encounters database to examine the duration of antibiotic therapy among 31,634 courses prescribed. Most courses lasted for less than nine months. Mean course duration was 129 days, according to the study. more


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