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Clinicians persist in prescribing antibiotics for acne


Key clinical point: Spironolactone use for acne is gaining in popularity, although antibiotic use persists.

Major finding: Spironolactone prescriptions for female acne increased by 291% between 2004 and 2013.

Data source: A retrospective analysis of a prescription information database from 2004-2013 for 572,630 patients with acne.

Disclosures: The researchers had no financial conflicts to disclose. There was no funding source.




Prescribing systemic antibiotics for acne remains a common clinical practice, despite recommendations to reduce antibiotic use, according to an extensive database review. The results were published in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology.

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