The C.A.M. Report
Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Fair, Balanced, and to the Point
  • About this web log

    This blog ran from 2006 to 2016 and was intended as an objective and dispassionate source of information on the latest CAM research. Since my background is in pharmacy and allopathic medicine, I view all CAM as advancing through the development pipeline to eventually become integrated into mainstream medical practice. Some will succeed while others fail. But all are treated fairly here.

  • About the author

    John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at, a complementary and alternative medicine website.

  • Common sense considerations

    The material on this weblog is for informational purposes. It is not medical advice or counsel. Be smart, consult your health professional before using CAM.

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    Botulinum toxin type A vs topical creams to treat forehead wrinkles

    There’s nothing more complementary than removing a facial wrinkle. Botulinum toxin type A (Botox) is the gold standard for removing glabellar rhytids (forehead winkles). So, it’s not surprising when topical creams sold without a prescription purport to give similar or better outcomes.

    Fat chance.

    77 women were divided into 5 groups for one of the following treatments.

    • Botulinum toxin type A
    • Placebo injection
    • StriVectin-SD
    • DDF Wrinkle Relax
    • HydroDerm

    Using a array of evaluation methods, both the doctors and the women reported significantly better outcomes and satisfaction with Botox.

    Now hear this!

    • Treatment with any of the three topical creams did not result in a significant difference from placebo.

    What’s more?

    • Three adverse events occurred in three women who received StriVectin-SD.

    12/25/06 22:56 JR

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