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2006-08-21 16:25:38

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A well-known acne drug may increase cholesterol and other fat levels more than previously thought, U.S. researchers said on Monday. The drug isotretinoin, sold as Roche AG's Accutane as well as a generic, raised levels of triglyceride fats in about 44 percent of patients with previously normal levels, the University of California San Francisco analysis found. Total cholesterol levels were higher for 31 percent of patients. Previously, clinical trials of...

2006-08-21 16:25:00

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A well-known acne drug may increase cholesterol and other fat levels more than previously thought, U.S. researchers said on Monday. The drug isotretinoin, sold as Roche AG's Accutane as well as a generic, raised levels of triglyceride fats in about 44 percent of patients with previously normal levels, the University of California San Francisco analysis found. Total cholesterol levels were higher for 31 percent of patients. Previously, clinical trials of Accutane showed...

2006-04-26 14:36:54

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Low doses of isotretinoin (brand name, Roaccutane or Accutane) are effective for treating moderate acne, according to a study in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology. "The efficacy of isotretinoin at (regular doses) in the treatment of acne is well established and considered safe, although sometimes not easily tolerated because of its cutaneous side effects," Dr. Marcelo H. Grunwald, of Soroka University, Beer-Sheva, Israel, and colleagues...

2006-02-23 15:15:00

By Susan Heavey WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Food and Drug Administration on Thursday said it will implement new restrictions on a widely used acne drug next Wednesday in an effort to curb birth defects, rejecting calls from some doctors to delay the program. Some doctors have said the revised limits on prescribing Accutane, sold by Switzerland's Roche AG but also available in generic form, are too cumbersome and take up too much time. Dermatologists had asked the agency to delay the program...

2006-02-10 15:56:16

By Lisa Richwine GAITHERSBURG, Maryland (Reuters) - A plan to prevent birth defects from a widely used acne drug is placing heavy burdens on doctors, patients and pharmacists and should be halted until flaws can be fixed, doctors said on Friday. The restrictions on Roche AG's Accutane or generic versions are so cumbersome and time-consuming they may send patients to the Internet, where medicines may be counterfeit and there are no safeguards to prevent pregnancy, critics said....

2006-02-10 15:55:00

By Lisa Richwine GAITHERSBURG, Maryland (Reuters) - A plan to prevent birth defects from a widely used acne drug is placing heavy burdens on doctors, patients and pharmacists and should be halted until flaws can be fixed, doctors said on Friday. The restrictions on Roche AG's Accutane or generic versions are so cumbersome and time-consuming they may send patients to the Internet, where medicines may be counterfeit and there are no safeguards to prevent pregnancy, critics said. Accutane is the...

2005-10-14 13:54:31

Isotretinoin (also known as Accutane) is a drug used to treat severe acne, but it can cause birth defects when taken by pregnant women. Because of these risks, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and Roche Pharmaceuticals (Accutane's manufacturer) developed a voluntary pregnancy prevention program (PPP) in 1988 to try and prevent conception in women taking the drug. This program was replaced in the U.S. in 2002 with the System to Manage Accutane Related Teratogenicity (SMART), a program...

2005-08-12 15:45:42

By Lisa Richwine WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Patients and doctors must register with manufacturers and promise to comply with tight restrictions on Roche Holding AG's acne drug Accutane and generic versions, U.S. officials said on Friday. The requirement starts December 31 and is part of a plan announced in November 2004 to strengthen safeguards meant to keep pregnant women from taking Accutane. The prescription drug can cause severe birth defects or miscarriages. Wholesalers and...

2005-08-12 10:07:43

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Patients and doctors must register with manufacturers before using or prescribing Roche Holding AG's acne drug Accutane or its generic versions, U.S. regulators said on Friday. The requirement is part of a plan to strengthen safeguards meant to keep pregnant women from taking Accutane, the Food and Drug Administration said in a statement. The drug can cause birth defects. The FDA also said it approved changes to existing warnings "so that patients and...


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