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Pimecrolimus cream 1 percent shows less systemic absorptionthan tacrolimus 0.1 percent in treatment of atopic dermatitis

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Washington - In the treatment of moderate-to-severe atopic dermatitis, pimecrolimus (Elidel) cream 1 percent is less likely than tacrolimus (Protopic) ointment 0.1 percent to be systemically absorbed, said Zoe Draelos, M.D., lead investigator of a blind treatment trial that compared systemic exposure levels of the two topical drugs.

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