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MONDAY, July 11, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The once-daily acne treatment Differin Gel 0.1% (adapalene) has been approved for over-the counter use among people 12 and older, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said.
It's the first among a class of drugs called retinoids to be made available over the counter to treat acne. The drug's active ingredient is the first new OTC acne treatment approved since the 1980s, the FDA said in a news release.
The agency warned that women who are pregnant, planning to become pregnant or breast feeding should get their doctor's approval before using the product. While no specific issues with pregnant or breast-feeding women using Differin Gel have been identified, some retinoid drugs have been shown to cause birth defects, the FDA said.
Differin Gel 0.1% is distributed by Galderma Laboratories, based in Fort Worth, Tex.
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