Roaccutane side effects

Roaccutane side effects discussed in British Parliament

Today Roaccutane side effects were discussed by British Members of Parliament.  During the session, held in Westminster Hall, concerns about sexual dysfunction and other long-term health effects were raised. MPs called for intensive research into the adverse effects they described.

Selected excerpts:

Sexual dysfunction is not included in the patient information notes; Roche said that they were not aware of this side effect. But as one sufferer told me, if they put ‘sexual dysfunction’ in the leaflet, no one would take it.

MPs went on to highlight the growing number of cases:

Despite a number of similar cases and mounting scientific evidence, we seem to have lost sight of the precautionary principle when it comes to Roaccutane.

Greater research was called for:

We need a thorough, well-funded and sizeable study into the link between Roaccutane and the adverse effects that I have described … Young lives are at stake and we can no longer afford inaction.

The full session can be watched via the BBC.  A full transcript is available in the British government’s parliamentary records.

About the key participants

Sir Nick Harvey (Liberal Democrat), born 1961. Sir Harvey was a Member of Parliament from 1992 to 2015. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in business from Middlesex University and was awarded an honorary doctorate in 2000. He was Shadow Health Secretary between 1999 – 2001, and was Minister of State for the Armed forces between 2010 – 2012. Before entering politics he worked in communications and marketing at a London consultancy.

Richard Drax MP (Conservative), born 1958. Drax was elected to Parliament in 2010. He was educated at Harrow School in Middlesex, later graduating from the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. He entered the Coldstream Guards within the British Army, going on to attain the rank of Captain. After retiring from the services he was selected by the Conservative Party as a prospective Parliamentary candidate.

Mike Thornton (Liberal Democrat), born 1952. Thornton became a Member of Parliament in 2013, beginning his elected political career as a Borough Councillor in Eastleigh in 2007. He studied law at Manchester Polytechnic before gaining experience in a range of industries. Prior to his election as an MP, he worked as a Business Development Manager, providing specialist surveys for investment and tax purposes.

By Pete