Acne cream goes OTC despite dermatologists’ warning

Down-scheduling of the retinoid product will 'inevitably' lead to lawsuits, TGA told

Pharmacists will be able to prescribe 0.1% adapalene for acne under an interim decision of the TGA, at odds with advice from dermatologists.

The OTC listing of the topical retinoid for treatment of adolescents and adults is one of several recent down-scheduling decisions, following on from changes to triptans and mometasone.

The most significant concern over changing the drug to Schedule 3 was teratogenicity but other evidence

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