FDA Web Page Warns Against Buying Accutane & Generic Versions Online

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.