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Monday, 26 November 2012

Acne drug Roaccutane 'overused' says UK dermatologist

           Will has suffered from acne but decided not to take Roaccutane

An acne drug, which it is claimed is linked to depression, is being given to a growing number of young people who don't need it, says one of the UK's top dermatologists.
Roaccutane is the most powerful drug to treat acne and has been prescribed to more than half a million people.
Campaigners say it is dangerous and can cause serious mental health problems.
"Roaccutane is grossly overused," said Doctor Tony Ch, who thinks it should be used as a last resort.
"I've seen patients who have been to see a local dermatologist to treat four or five spots and still been offered it.
"If you read the guidelines it should only be used for people who have severe acne."
The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) is the government body responsible for licensing drugs and treatments in the UK.
Dr June Raine, who speaks for the group, insists most people respond well to the drug and some are depressed before taking the drug.
"It's been a highly effective treatment for tens of thousands of people," she said.
"Depression is linked with a severe skin condition but it tends to get worse as the condition gets worse."

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