Re: Accutane and thyroid
Maybe the Drs in Australia are more cautious but my son had to have extensive blood tests before starting - focussing on the liver becasue thats where damage can happen, told about problems with exercise and joint pain, etc etc. After 2 months on treatment he then had to have another full liver screen and muscle testing etc etc and the same every 2 months. Females are required to take birth control pills before the specialist can prescribe the drug.
Only specialist dermatologists can prescribe the drug and they can only do this after the patient has undergone a 6 months trial of antibiotics. The scripts themselves come from Canberra ('capital of Australia). The dr cant just write the script on a whim.
We knew he was taking a powerful drug. We were told the risks, the makers of the drug provide extensive material. We knew there was talk of suicide etc etc, we were told what to watch out for. There was full disclosure by everyone including the manufacturers.
Maybe this doesnt happen anywhere else? Obviosuly it should - if it doesnt then the makers arent at fault but the Drs who withhold full disclosure - the dermatologist in this case. If there is an interaction because of a previous condition, then this is not good, but you have to look at whether or not this could have been predicted - or whether there is negligence (ie the makers with held this) and that would be the lawyers job I guess.
I am 47 and as a teen, I just knew that smoking was bad for my health - simple logic would tell me this. So now, we are getting people of my age suing the tobacco companies because they withheld this info. I say, take this responsobility on yourself - no-one made people smoke, blowing tar into your lungs was never going to do any good so dont blame the tobacco companies for your own actions.
Too simplistic - maybe