Volume 12 - Issue 3 - March 2004

For all of the lengthy efforts made to educate and track patients who take isotretinoin (Accutane) to prevent pregnancies, and consequently, severe birth defects, it’s hard to believe that this drug can be so easily imported from other countries — and without a prescription. Last September, the FDA issued a warning letter to Internet companies that were selling an illegal, mislabeled version of isotretinoin without requiring a prescription. The drug was sold as a gel via the Internet companies, and the drug’s labeling was in a foreign language. In cases such as this one, the danger is obv