Anti-Pregnancy Effort Fails
More than 120 women became pregnant in the past year while taking an acne medicine that causes birth defects -- despite being enrolled in a program designed to prevent those pregnancies from happening.
Long-awaited data from that national registry were released yesterday, two days before the Food and Drug Administration was to bring together its scientific advisers to evaluate safety restrictions on Accutane and its generic competitors.
The new figures show the 122 pregnancies reported in the first year of the iPledge program are about the same as the number reported annually before the FDA tightened restrictions on the drug, known chemically as isotretinoin.
Whether the tougher program is working is a question for Wednesday's advisory committee debate.
If a woman becomes pregnant while taking the acne drug, the baby can suffer severe brain and heart defects, mental retardation and other abnormalities.
[The Devil Made Them Do It]
We can put a man on the Moon (or we could at one point, anyway) but we can't make people see that emotional needs and biological imperatives will trump ridiculously archaic cultural proscriptions far too often for such to have any weight in the making of Public Health Policy.
Silly effin' Humans...