Management of Truncal Acne With Oral Sarecycline: Pooled Results from Two Phase-3 Clinical Trials

James Q. Del Rosso, Linda Stein Gold, Hilary Baldwin, Julie C. Harper, Joshua Zeichner, Sabine Obagi, Emmy Graber, Xochitl Jimenez, Francisco Hernandez Vicente, Ayman Grada

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BACKGROUND: Acne vulgaris is a common skin disease that affects the face, chest, and back. While truncal acne is present in at least 50% of patients, clinical studies have focused predominantly on facial acne.1,2 Few treatments to date have been evaluated for truncal acne. Sarecycline is a narrow-spectrum, third-generation, tetracycline-class oral drug approved for the treatment of acne. Pivotal phase-3 studies show that sarecycline is safe, well-tolerated, and effective treatment for moderate to severe acne vulgaris. METHOD: Pooled analysis was performed for truncal acne results with sarecycline from the two phase 3 studies. Investigator Global Assessment (IGA) success was evaluated at weeks 3, 6, 9, and 12. RESULTS: Chest IGA success rate were significantly greater with sarecycline versus placebo at weeks 3 (11.84% vs 7.71%, respectively; P=0.0192), 6 (18.81% vs 14.03%, respectively; P=0.0390), and 12 (33.42% vs 20.77%, respectively; P<0.0001). Back IGA success rate was also significantly greater with sarecycline versus placebo group at weeks 3 (12.13% vs 7.04%, respectively; P=0.0023), 6 (18.42% vs 14.34%, respectively; P=0.0412), 9 (29.05% vs 19.88%, respectively; P=0.0004) and 12 (33.07% vs 21.91%, respectively; P<0.0001)Conclusion: Sarecycline efficacy for truncal acne was observed within 3 weeks after treatment, supporting sarecycline as an optimal choice for oral treatment of moderate to severe truncal acne. J Drugs Dermatol. 2021;20(6):634-640. doi:10.36849/JDD.6204.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)634-640
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Drugs in Dermatology
Issue number6
StatePublished - 1 Jun 2021


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