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I found this on another board (don't remember, biotech maybe?) that sounds more promising to me. Not a pharmaceutical exactly though...

<<Five-minute laser dose clears acne
By David Derbyshire, Science Correspondent
(Filed: 28/01/2003)

Laser treatment for acne is having the most dramatic effect on the battle
against spots for 30 years, a doctor said yesterday.

A pilot study of 41 volunteers found that a single five-minute dose was enough
to clear up half the spots treated. Ten of the patients who took part in the
trial at Hammersmith Hospital, London, were free from acne in weeks.

The trial was carried out by Dr Tony Chu, a consultant dermatologist and
chairman of the Acne Support Group.

"The results were stunning," he said. "I was a complete sceptic, but now I am
converted. This really is the first major advance in acne treatment in 30
years. The effect of a single treatment lasts three months." ...>>

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