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The National Institutes of Health (NIH) definies a clinical study as "a prospective biomedical or behavioral research study of human subjects that is designed to answer specific questions about biomedical or behavioral interventions (such as drugs, treatments, devices, or new ways of using known drugs, treatments, or devices)." Medical doctors rely heavily on these studies to influence their treatment of patients.

The first clinical study in the United States on the effects of vitamin B5 in the treatment of acne was completed in July 2012. This very preliminary study was titled Feasibility, Tolerability, Safety and Efficacy of a Pantothenic Acid Based Dietary Supplement in Subjects with Mild to Moderate Facial Acne Blemishes. The study involved 10 volunteers and lasted eight weeks. The results of the study indicated that "6 of 10 (60%) reported marked improvement, 3 of 10 (30%) reported slight improvement and only 1 of 10 (10%) reported no change in overall subject satisfaction."
The study was commissioned by the makers of Pantothen, and was conducted by the organization Nutraceutical Medical Research. The study has been published on-line in the Sept, 2012 issue of the Journal of Cosmetics, Dermatological Sciences and Applications. A link is included below.

Clinical Study Report

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