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Latest antibiotic option for impetigo

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A new topical antibiotic has been launched in the UK for the treatment of the contagious skin complaint impetigo.

Retapamulin ointment 1% (Altargo) is the first topical antibiotic to be launched in this country for nearly ten years. Trial data suggest a five-day course of the drug is as effective as a seven-day course of fucidic acid (Fucidin)

Toni Millard, a practice nurse from Surrey, said: ‘I see around five patients a month with impetigo. In an area where current treatment options are limited, it’s great to finally have another option for my patients.’

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