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July 5, 1995

The Cost of Topical Drugs for Dermatophyte Infections

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Hendersonville, NC

JAMA. 1995;274(1):27. doi:10.1001/jama.1995.03530010041030

To the Editor.  —The recent article, "A Cost Analysis of Topical Drug Regimens for Dermatophyte Infections," by Drs Chren and Landefeld,1 which includes the "many available effective drugs" fails to take into serious consideration what many know to be a quite effective topical remedy, especially for tinea versicolor as well as tinea pedis—sodium hypochlorite. This comes in a 5% solution as Clorox at $0.89 per gallon at your corner grocery store. It is used at one part Clorox to four parts of water for tinea versicolor and at slightly stronger concentrations for tinea pedis and onychomycosis.

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