Research Article

Clobetasone butyrate, a new topical corticosteroid: clinical activity and effects on pituitary-adrenal axis function and model of epidermal atrophy.

Br Med J 1975; 3 doi: (Published 13 September 1975) Cite this as: Br Med J 1975;3:626
  1. D D Munro,
  2. L Wilson


    Clobetasone butyrate is a new corticosteroid, selected for study because of its combination of good activity in the vasoconstriction test and low systemic activity in animals. Formulated as an 0.05% ointment and cream (Molivate) it was clinically effective in patients with eczema, its activity being significantly greater than that of hydrocortisone 1% or fluocortolone 0.2% (Ultradil). Under conditions that predispose to maximal percutaneous absorption clobetasone butyrate ointment had minimal effect on hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal function. In an animal model of cutaneous atrophy it caused less thinning of the epidermis than steroids other than hydrocortisone. Clobetasone butyrate 0.05% ointment and cream gave every indication of offering clinically effective topical anti-inflammatory activity with a wide margin of safety.