Simple, yet absolutely mind-boggling: Why is accutane still prescribed?
As of the latest and most relevant information i can obtain, The FDA has received reports of 66 suicides and
1,373 psychiatric adverse events other than suicide related to Accutane.(1)This information is sadly from the year 2000. This is also only the number of events that have been reported directly to the FDA. The actual number of either or could be astounding as is the amount of cases that go un-reported to the FDA.
"More than half a million people worldwide have been prescribed Roaccutane, despite the fact that it's intended to be used only as a last resort (and even then its use is highly questionable). But UK dermatologist Tony Chu said that often Roaccutane is being offered far more than that:
"Roaccutane is grossly overused …I've seen patients who have been to see a local dermatologist to treat four of five spots and still been offered it … If you read the guidelines it should only be used for people who have severe acne."" (2)
This statement is exceptionally true, as I myself were one of those sufferers. Slain by the double-edged sword or what we call trust. The overwhelming reliance on doctors and confidence that they are only there to help us. You then later find out that not only do the highly "intelligent" doctors not know what accutane does, but absolutely NOBODY does. Ask anyone how it works and you will either get no answer or you will receive a different opinion each and every time.
The worst part is the thought of what drives these people to suicide and depression. Is it the possible theory that accutane so disrupts your neurological function that it in turn causes depression or that looking at the side effects in the mirror causes one to think of suicide. Just think of your own story or stories you read all over. The scarring side effects all because you were drawn in to a false claim: clear skin permanently, for nothing in return. Some people do not even maintain clear skin and their acne comes back ten times worse probably because of how out of whack your body then becomes. It's disgusting to think how different peoples lives would be without accutane especially those with mild acne before who now face side effects. Premature aging, hairloss, creaking joints, system wide dryness. If any of you have ever been to All Things Male forum, you know how bad it can get. Some men their have linked accutane and Propecia ( a hairloss drug) together, claiming erectile dysfunction and many neurological issues. Who is not to believe them. At one time when we were all normal we would of thought someone like that to be a hypochondriac and would have simply gone on with our lives without looking back. However, now we can not help but to look back and wonder if that will soon be us because of the things that have gone wrong with us. It's terrible that people praise this drug to high heavens, it is even worse that doctors readily prescribe this with no understanding of how it works, and most gruesome is that after all the adverse effects (Depression, IBS, Crohns, link to celiac disease, alopecia, suicide,etc..) it is still available for anyone!
There has been countless lawsuits. Do not quote me directly on this, but the amount of losses accutane faced in court was somewhere around 25 to 30 million dollars. Then they up and left the US. Hmm coincidence, no. No one with half a brain believes that. They claimed that they were unable to compete with their generic counterparts..
Ahh, generic drugs. A entirely different yet just as abhorrent of a case. Did you know if you are affected by a generic drug, that there is hardly anything you can do about it? On June 23, 2011, the United States Supreme Court in Pliva, Inc. v. Mensing ruled that the makers of generic drugs cannot be sued for failing to warn of risks associated with their products. Though federal law requires the makers of brand-name drugs to update their product warnings as new side effects are discovered, the high court ruled that this duty does not extend to the makers of generic drugs because federal regulations require those drugs to carry the same warnings as their brand-name counterparts. The court concluded that state laws requiring generic drug manufacturers to unilaterally change their product warnings to add new safety information, which would necessarily result in product warnings that differ from those of their brand-name counterparts, are “pre-empted” by federal law prohibiting such differences. Finally, the court suggested it is the responsibility of Congress and the FDA to revise federal regulations in a way that would allow lawsuits against the makers of generic drugs. As generic drugs account for 75% of prescriptions filled in the United States, this decision is a blow to our rights and just about strips the possibility of a lawsuit or justice away.
The corruption in our medical system is debilitating. The ignorance of our doctors (sorry not doctors dermatologists) is overwhelming.
This should not be allowed. Dont take it, you will regret it.
1- ACCUTANE--IS THIS ACNE DRUG TREATMENT LINKED TO DEPRESSION AND SUICIDE?." - ACCUTANE--IS THIS ACNE DRUG TREATMENT LINKED TO DEPRESSION AND SUICIDE?. N.p., n.d. Web. 5 Jan. 2014. <http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/CHRG-106hhrg73924/html/CHRG-106hhrg73924.htm>.