About My Health Careers Internship MedBlogs Contact us
Medindia LOGIN REGISTER
Advertisement

Acne Drug Roaccutane Could Lead to More Abortions

by VR Sreeraman on August 25, 2008 at 5:29 PM
Font : A-A+

 Acne Drug Roaccutane Could Lead to More Abortions

Using the controversial acne drug Roaccutane could lead to more abortions, according to specialists.

Roaccutane is used for the treatment of severe, persistent acne, but it has made headlines in recent years for its unproven links with depression and suicide.

Advertisement

According to dermatologists, a move by health authorities to allow GPs to prescribe the heavy-duty medication will push up prescription rates and endanger patients.

Dr Stephen Shumack, secretary of the Australasian College of Dermatologists said that there was a risk that patients would not be informed of the dangers of birth abnormalities among babies born to women taking Roaccutane, forcing them to require an abortion.
Advertisement

"This would be a very bad move indeed," the Sydney Morning Hearld quoted Shumack, as saying.

"The college fears that appropriate people may not be given it, inappropriate people may be given it, and the side-effects may not be managed appropriately.

"And, overall, far more people will be given it, which increases the risk of pregnancies, especially if this is not properly screened for, and then there's more abortions," he added.

He said that under current arrangement there had been very few pregnancy issues with the drug.

More than 140,000 prescriptions were written for Roaccutane in the past financial year but prescribing is limited to the nation's 400 dermatologists and specialist physicians.

However, the Therapeutic Goods Administration's national drugs and poisons scheduling committee said that it would consider a proposal to extend prescribing rights to include 18,000 GPs.

Roaccutane manufacturer Roche, and several firms that sell the drug generically, have denied making the request.

Shumack described it as "ill-conceived" and said the college would oppose it.

Source: ANI
SRM
Advertisement

Advertisement
News A-Z
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
Advertisement
News Category
What's New on Medindia
International Day of Persons with Disabilities 2021 - Fighting for Rights in the Post-COVID Era
Effect of Blood Group Type on COVID-19 Risk and Severity
Woman with Rare Spinal Cord Defect from Birth Sues Doctor
View all

Medindia Newsletters Subscribe to our Free Newsletters!
Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy.

More News on:
Acne Drug Toxicity Dilatation and Curettage Signature Drug Toxicity Stress Relief Through Alternative Medicine Skin Disease Abortion Rashes Symptom Evaluation Exfoliate Hidradenitis Suppurativa 

Recommended Reading
Acne
Acne vulgaris, popularly known as 'pimples' or 'zits' is a skin condition affecting most teenagers....
Skin Disease
Skin diseases also known as dermatologic disorders are many in number and so are their causes. The ....
Acne Drug Could Cause Depression
While teen acne could be devastating, a key drug taken to treat it could add to one's depression....
High Risk Pregnancy Group Calculator
Medindia offers you a useful calculator to find out if you fall under the high risk pregnant group. ...
Abortion
Abortion is one of the most controversial topics in medicine. Legalization of abortion in several co...
Drug Toxicity
Drug toxicity is an adverse reaction of the body towards a drug that results as a side effect of a d...
Hidradenitis Suppurativa
Hidradenitis suppurativa (HS) or Acne Inversa is severe form of chronic acne of the sweat glands whi...
Rashes Symptom Evaluation
The lesions in rashes vary from small skin discolorations to large fluid-filled bullae....

Disclaimer - All information and content on this site are for information and educational purposes only. The information should not be used for either diagnosis or treatment or both for any health related problem or disease. Always seek the advice of a qualified physician for medical diagnosis and treatment. Full Disclaimer

© All Rights Reserved 1997 - 2021

This site uses cookies to deliver our services. By using our site, you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Cookie Policy, Privacy Policy, and our Terms of Use