Dermatologists' reactions to Hoffman-La Roche's decision to discontinue its once-popular acne drug Accutane (isotretinoin) run the gamut. Some express disappointment or surprise; others marvel that the drug survived as long as it did.
Seven months postsurgery, Connie Culp, who received a near-total face transplant on Dec. 9 at the Cleveland Clinic, is doing well, according to published accounts.
National report — The bankruptcy of Artes Medical, maker of the permanent facial filler ArteFill, will make it harder for permanent fillers to enter the U.S. market in the future, analysts say — although one such product, Contura's Aquamid, will likely seek Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval in 2009.
To prevent filler complications and treat them most effectively when they occur, an expert recommends thoroughly understanding facial anatomy.
Cleveland — Plastic surgeons are welcoming the news of the world's first near-total face transplant — and the first such operation in the United States — performed in late 2008 at the Cleveland Clinic.
A new study supports the use of intramatrix injections of triamcinolone acetonide — particularly at doses of 10 mg/ml — for treating nail psoriasis, a study co-author says.
National report — The American Society of Cosmetic Dermatology and Aesthetic Surgery (ASCDAS) and the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery (ASDS) will host a combined meeting Oct. 1-4, 2009, in Phoenix, the organizations announced in December.
Soeborg, Denmark — The financial failure of Artes Medical, maker of the permanent facial filler ArteFill (polymethylmethacrylate, purified bovine collagen) hasn't totally dampened the market for such products.
National report — Certification for procedural dermatology, now under consideration by the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS), could result in preferential treatment by insurance companies for Mohs surgeons who have earned such certificates, some dermatologists worry.
National report — Recognition from the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) brings structure and standardization to surgical dermatology training, says a Mohs surgeon who has pushed for procedural certification.