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June 24, 1998

Acne Drug Reimbursement

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JAMA. 1998;279(24):1939. doi:10.1001/jama.279.24.1939-JQU80003-6-1

Acne—it's not just for teenagers anymore.

In an effort to persuade insurance companies to pay for the acne drug tretinoin for older patients, 2 dermatologists at Bowman Gray School of Medicine of Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, NC, are working to determine the most cost-effective age cut-off for reimbursement for the drug.

Their studies are based on a February report in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology in which they analyzed patients' ages and their reasons for using tretinoin. Data were from the National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey for 1990 to 1994.

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