September 23, 2021 at 7:28 am

Teen Dies After Acne Prescription

Annabel Wright, 15, “had no medical history of depression when she was found dead in her bedroom at her home in Ripon, Yorkshire.” The teen had been taking Accutane (isotretinoin) for 9 months.

Her mother distinctly remembers telling the prescribing doctor, “I had read about this drug years before and two Americans had taken their own lives.” But the doctor reassured her that this fatal reaction was due to teens’ “depression” over their skin.

An expert at the inquest stated that research shows the drug can affect parts of the brain, leading to depression and suicide. “We are talking about large numbers of patients killing themselves while on this drug,” said Dr. Chu.

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