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A deputy coroner has handed down the finding that a prescribed acne treatment, Roaccutane, may have led to a girls depression and subsequent suicide. However, she also says that she cannot rule out that Zoloft (an antidepressant) could have exacerbated her depression. The deputy coroner also said the dermatologist who prescribed the Roaccutane should have been aware of, and monitored, the risk of depression. Of 250,000 people in Australia who took Roaccutane, 2 have committed suicide, 11 have attempted suicide and 41 have suffered from depression.
Source: summary of medical news story as reported by The Australian
About: Roaccutane a possible link to teens suicide death
Date: 29 October 2004
Source: The Australian
Author: Vanda Carson
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