Medicine: Early Warnings: An uproar over Accutane

An uproar over Accutane

Since it came onto the market nearly six years ago, the acne drug Accutane has carried stark warnings that it causes birth defects: pregnant women must not take it, and other women must use birth control while on it. The warnings, it seems, have not been enough. Some researchers at the Food and Drug Administration fear that the widely used drug could have caused between 900 and 1,300 babies to be born with severe birth defects, including brain damage. The FDA's concerns became public last week after the New York Times obtained a confidential agency report that raised the possibility of...

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