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What role for topical antibacterials in acne?
  • Relevant BNF section: BNF 13.6.1


In 2009, nearly 1.2 million prescriptions for topical antibacterials were dispensed for acne in primary care in England, at a cost of nearly £15million (around 80% of expenditure on topical preparations for acne).1 Here we consider the place of such therapy, including the risk of bacterial resistance.

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  • Relevant BNF section: BNF 13.6.1

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