Although Accutane, prescribed for severe cystic acne, is highly regulated and requires patient registry, there are some lesser-known risks that Congress thinks you should know about this and other medications approved by the FDA.
Accutane reportedly can cause depression that could lead to suicide in some cases. And although it was approved by the FDA in 1982, it wasn’t until 2001 that the risk of suicide was added to Accutane’s label-something many patients don’t read and some doctor’s won’t tell you.
Senate is considering a bill that would allow the FDA to require drug companies to post the results of all studies and data related to a drug, good or bad, on a national database accessible to physicians and consumers. The bill would also require that drug companies disclose potential risks in warnings and patient instructions, and require them to complete and publish the results of post-approval studies.
While legislature to support consumer safety is important, what is most important is that you choose a qualified doctor, candidly discuss the risks and benefits of any treatment, and be sure to read all patient information available about any prescribed medication or treatment, whether for beauty or health.
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