Differin has been a popular prescription treatment, and you’ll now be able to find it on the shelves of your local pharmacy without a visit to your doctor.
Is there anything unique about the OTC approval of Differin Gel 0.1%?
Yes. The approval of Differin Gel 0.1% for sale without a prescription marks the first new FDA-approved product to be introduced to the OTC acne category in over 30 years.
It’s also the first and only OTC acne product containing a full prescription-strength retinoid (a strong acne fighter).
Are there any other strengths of prescription Differin?
Are there any other dosage forms of prescription Differin?
- 0.1% cream
- 0.1% lotion
- 0.3% gel
What is an advantage of using OTC Differin Gel?
Convenience, first and foremost. Because Differin gel 0.1% will available without a prescription you will no longer be required to see your doctor to get refill.
The second advantage is that you get the same prescription strength as the original Differin—this isn’t a different medication with the same active ingredient.
What is a disadvantage of using OTC Differin Gel?
Cost. Because generic Differin (adapalene) is available by prescription it can be billed to your prescription insurance. Your co-pay will typically be lower than the cash price of OTC Differin.
And, because Differin is the only OTC product of its kind, the manufacturer may be able to set the price higher than other OTC acne treatments.
What other options are available OTC for acne?
There are also a bunch of “natural” products that can be used for acne, including tea tree oil, witch hazel, green tea extract, masks and exfoliants, and more.
Want more information?
Check out the news release from the FDA here.