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Most of the drugs in this group are preparations for topical use. Some few preparations for systemic use with clear dermatological applications, e.g. griseofulvin (antimycotic), retinoids (for treatment of acne) and psoralens and retinoids (for treatment of psoriasis) are classified in this group.

Only oral preparations in ATC group D are given DDDs. Most products in this group are for topical use, and no DDDs are assigned because the amount given per day can vary very much according to the intensity and distribution of the disease. Consumption figures for these dermatological preparations can be expressed in grams of preparations regardless of strength.


This group comprises all types of emollients and protectives with no specific therapeutic effect or use, and also preparations for use in wounds, which are not classified in D09 - Medicated dressings.
Some similar products are classified in D03A - Cicatrizants, e.g. cod-liver oil ointments.

D02AA Silicone products
D02AB Zinc products
D02AC Soft paraffin and fat products

Some similar products with a higher water content (creams) are classified in D02AX - Other emollients and protectives. Soft paraffin dressings, see D09AX.

D02AD Liquid plasters

Liquid plasters are classified in this group whereas non-medicated adhesive plasters, surgical tapes etc. are classified in V07AA.

D02AE Carbamide products
D02AF Salicylic acid preparations

Preparations containing salicylic acid used for the treatment of mycosis are classified in D01AE - Other antifungals for topical use.
Salicylic acid in combination with corticosteroids, see D07X.
Medicated shampoos containing salicylic acid are classified in
D11AC30 - others.
Topical products for joint and muscular pain containing combinations with salicylic acid are classified in M02AC.
All other preparations containing salicylic acid, including anti-acne preparations, should be classified in this group.

D02AX Other emollients and protectives

Soft paraffin and fat products with high water content (creams) are classified in this group. See also D02AC - Soft paraffin and fat products.
Weak boric acid vaseline is classified here.
Other boric acid products are classified in D08AD.

Last updated: 2024-01-26