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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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grass-comber
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
According to the OED, a grass-comber is also 'a sailor's term for one who has been a farm-labourer.'