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New Article: Non-Patch, Transdermal Estrogen Products Such as Divigel(R) Are Effective Hormone Therapy Alternatives to Oral Estrogen
Date:1/27/2010

"There is a great deal of misinformation being conveyed to women about bioidentical estrogen, much of which is being fueled by popular books that have a positive spin on aging, but sometimes err in the scientific information that they present on hormones in menopause," said Dr. Carroll. "This misinformation generates many questions to clinicians about unproven approaches to the medical management of menopause. This article serves as a timely medical source and is designed to enhance clinical knowledge of hormone therapy options with a focus on FDA-approved transdermal estrogen currently available for the treatment of symptoms associated with menopause."

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The article addresses a wide spectrum of issues surrounding the treatment of menopausal symptoms including variability in estradiol dosing and the differences between bioidenticals that are FDA-approved and non-FDA-approved compounded bioidentical formulations. Dr. Carroll elaborates on the risks and benefits of oral and transdermal hormone therapies with a focus on five non-patch, transdermal estradiol therapies currently available in the United States. She also discusses the misconceptions surrounding custom-mixed (compounded) estrogen and FDA-approved estrogen.

"The article's intent is also to present information about the lack of quality control and the variance in potency and bioequivalence that may occur with estrogen that is custom-mixed or compounded at pharmacies," said Dr. Carroll. "We provide details on two studies by the Food and Drug Administration's Center for Drug Evaluation and Research that suggest that the potential problems with the quality of compounded drugs, includin
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