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Preferential prescribing of type of combined oral contraceptive pill by general practitioners to teenagers with acne.

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The Epidemiology and Pharmacology Information Core, General Practice Database Research Company (EPIC), London, UK.

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

To determine the oral contraceptive prescribing patterns of general practitioners for teenagers in the UK and any preferential prescribing for those with acne.

METHOD:

The General Practice Research Database was used in a retrospective observational study. Records of females aged 13-19 years were examined for the years 1994 and 1997.

RESULTS:

In 1994, third-generation pills were widely prescribed, whereas, in 1997, levonorgestrel pills were most commonly prescribed. In those with a recent history of acne, the most commonly prescribed single product was one containing cyproterone acetate.

CONCLUSION:

General practitioners appear to favor cyproterone acetate-containing pills for those with acne; this proclivity became more pronounced after the pill scare. General practitioners had all but ceased using third-generation pills in 1997, even when there was a therapeutic indication.

PMID:
11334479
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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