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Year : 2003  |  Volume : 69  |  Issue : 6  |  Page : 429-430

Topical lincomycin gel in acne vulgaris

C-101, Nav Ambika Nagar, Shahad - 421103. Thane

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C-101, Nav Ambika Nagar, Shahad - 421103. Thane

How to cite this article:
Modi N. Topical lincomycin gel in acne vulgaris. Indian J Dermatol Venereol Leprol 2003;69:429-30

How to cite this URL:
Modi N. Topical lincomycin gel in acne vulgaris. Indian J Dermatol Venereol Leprol [serial online] 2003 [cited 2019 Oct 20];69:429-30. Available from: http://www.ijdvl.com/text.asp?2003/69/6/429/6638

I read with interest the article by Sharma et al on lincomycin gel.[1] I would like to offer some comments.

The study concludes that lincomycin gel is a safe and effective treatment option for mild to moderate acne vulgaris but it does not even touch upon a more important aspect, i.e. whether it is safer or more effective than other available and accepted treatments for acne vulgaris.

Clindamycin is a synthetic derivative of the antibiotic lincomycin which is isolated from Streptomyces species.[2] Clindamycin is accepted as a topical treatment for acne the world over, and is recommended by most standard dermatology textbooks.[3] Then is there any real need for a study of lincomycin, particularly when none of the standard dermatology textbooks even mention topical lincomycin in the list of treatment options?

The study gives a false sense of new research, which should not be allowed in major academic institutes. 

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1.Sharma AD, et al. Topical lincomycin gel in acne vulgaris: A multicentric placebo controlled study. Indian J Dermatol Venereol Leprol 2003;69:271-4.  Back to cited text no. 1    
2.Sylvia HSO, Long TQ. Topical antibacterial agents. Comprehensive dermatologic therapy; 2002. p. 481.  Back to cited text no. 2    
3.Andrew's disease of skin. 9th ed. WB Saunders; 2000.  Back to cited text no. 3    


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