The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has launched a special web page to
warn consumers about the dangers of buying isotretinoin (Accutane) online.
Isotretinoin is a drug approved for the treatment of severe recalcitrant nodular
acne that does not respond to antibiotics. Improperly used, isotretinoin can cause
severe side effects, including birth defects. Serious mental health problems have
also been reported with isotretinoin use. The URL is: www.fda.gov/buyonline/accutane
Access to the web site will occur on Google and other search engines when a
consumer searches for the drug under any one of its four names (Accutane, the
brand name, and generic versions Amnesteem, Claravis, and Sotret.) The web
page warns that the drug “should only be taken under the close supervision” of a
physician or a pharmacist, and provides links to helpful information, including ways
to check that drugs purchased online come from legitimate pharmacies.