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February 1970

Bioassay of AntimicrobialsA Method for Measuring Penetration of Agents Into Human Skin

Author Affiliations

La Jolla, Calif

From the Division of Dermatology, Scripps Clinic and Research Foundation, La Jolla, Calif.

Arch Dermatol. 1970;101(2):160-166. doi:10.1001/archderm.1970.04000020030005

A bioassay method for determining penetration of antimicrobial agents through the epidermis into the corium is presented.

Penicillin, erythromycin, thiabendazole, tolnaftate, and others show definite evidence of penetration by this method of measurement.

Vehicles vary in their ability to effect transport of antimicrobial agents through the epidermis. Dimethylacetamide appears to be the most effective of those studied.