Wednesday, August 01, 2007

Accutane Users Getting Pregnant

From the AP: More than 100 women became pregnant in the past year while taking an acne medicine that causes birth defects, even though each was enrolled in a program designed to prevent those pregnancies from happening.

If a woman becomes pregnant while taking Accutane her baby may be at risk to suffer brain and heart defects, mental retardation and other abnormalities, regardless of the dosage or duration. There may be a risk for 30 days after stopping the drug as well.

Of the 122 pregnancies, 78 were taking the drug when they became pregnant. Another 10 were already pregnant when they started the drug including two who had a prescriber falsify pregnancy test results. The report didn't give a reason. Another eight became pregnant in the month after stopping the drug. The program couldn't provide details on the remaining pregnancies.

For more, go here the Wash. Post article.