Introduce mental health assessments as part of treatment course for acne drug Roaccutane
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Acne is an infamous skin condition.
According to the NHS, approximately 80% of people aged 11 to 30 are affected by acne with roughly 5% of women and 1% of men continuing to suffer past the age of 25.
For many, topical creams, gels and acids, followed by an array of pills, does not provide a miracle fix.
Enter Roaccutane, also known as isotretinoin or Rizuderm, the closest thing available to a cure.
It is a powerful drug that comes armed with an arsenal of side effects, such as depression and suicidal thoughts.
In the last decade prescriptions have risen sixfold, exposing many more patients to these potentially life-changing issues.
During the course of treatment, there are no mental health assessments – simply a couple of box-ticking questions from a dermatologist that will never uncover any genuine issues.
Reform Roaccutane stands to change this and push for the introduction mental health assessments as part of the course of treatment.
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