Accutane is a drug that was developed by Hoffmann-La Roche Inc. for treating severe cystic (nodular) acne. Accutane was first developed as a chemotherapy for certain types of cancer. However, the inventors discovered that it was effective in treating severe acne as well. However, due to an aggressive marketing campaign by the manufacturer, Accutane was frequently prescribed for common acne. Accutane's manufacturer - known as Roche Pharmaceuticals and more simply as Roche - is a U.S. affiliate of F. Hoffmann-La Roche Ltd, a global healthcare company based in Basel, Switzerland, with worldwide sales of $23.4 billion U.S. dollars (2003).
Accutane is the brand name for the drug isotretinoin, which is also marketed under the names Roaccutane, Amnesteem, Claravis and Sotret. Known as a retinoid drug, Accutane is a synthetic form of Vitamin A and was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1982.
While some users hail it as a miracle drug for treating severe disfiguring acne that will not respond to other treatments, Accutane has a number of Serious And Lethal Side Effects, including Birth Defects, IBD, Crohn's Disease, Colitis, and many other Accutane side effects. There have been nearly 1,000 reported birth defects, and over 10,000 miscarriages.
As a result, strict precautions are recommended before using this dangerous drug. Certainly Accutane should be prescribed for only the most severe cases of acne and only as a last resort. Even then, there is some question whether Accutane should even be on the market.
We offer this web site as a resource for information about Accutane so that consumers can make fully informed decisions before risking their lives and health, and/or the lives and health of their teenagers and unborn children.
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Accutane has numerous serious side effects, which the drug's manufacturer freely admits to and boldly details in Accutane's Medication Guide package insert, product labeling and other Accutane information. Click here to view a list of Accutane side effects.
- FDA- Accutane Information Page
FDA - Accutane approval history
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