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Examining Cost, Duration of Antibiotics for Rosacea

J Dermatolog Treat; ePub 2018 Apr 20; Rill, et al

The majority of oral antibiotic course durations for the treatment of rosacea follow guidelines, according to a recent study, and costs of antibiotic therapy were lower for shorter courses and those utilizing generic medications. Investigators conducted a retrospective cohort study of the MarketScan Commercial Claims and Encounters database, from January 1, 2005 through December 31, 2014. The sample included 72,411 patients and claim data were used to determine the duration and costs of antibiotic treatment among adults with rosacea. They found:

  • The mean (standard deviation [SD]) duration of long-term antibiotic treatment was 87.68 (145.99) days; for patients with ocular rosacea, the duration was slightly longer, 108.34 (176.74) days.
  • The majority of antibiotic courses were shorter than 3 months (80.04%) for the entire sample and the subset with ocular rosacea (53.64%).

Rill JS, Lev-Tov H, Liu G, Kirby JS. Dose, duration, and cost: Opportunities to improve use of long-term oral antibiotics for people with rosacea. [Published online ahead of print April 20, 2018]. J Dermatolog Treat. doi:10.1080/09546634.2018.1468069.