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Topical lincomycin gel in acne vulgaris
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Modi N. Topical lincomycin gel in acne vulgaris. Indian J Dermatol Venereol Leprol 2003;69:429-430
I read with interest the article by Sharma et al on lincomycin gel. I would like to offer some comments.
The study concludes that lincomycin gel is a safe and effective treatment option for mild to moderate acne vulgaris but it does not even touch upon a more important aspect, i.e. whether it is safer or more effective than other available and accepted treatments for acne vulgaris.
Clindamycin is a synthetic derivative of the antibiotic lincomycin which is isolated from Streptomyces species. Clindamycin is accepted as a topical treatment for acne the world over, and is recommended by most standard dermatology textbooks. Then is there any real need for a study of lincomycin, particularly when none of the standard dermatology textbooks even mention topical lincomycin in the list of treatment options?
The study gives a false sense of new research, which should not be allowed in major academic institutes.
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