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Controversial Acne Drug Could Get Popped (With More Regulation)

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Some lawmakers also believe that the FDA and Roche have underestimated Accutane's ability to cause depression and suicide. According to Stupak, his office has determined that over the last two-and-a-half years there have been about two suicides per month that can be associated with Accutane use.

While this does not confirm that Accutane causes depression or suicide, it is ample proof that patients should at least receive additional information concerning these risks, add representatives of the House Committee on Government Reform, which will be hosting the congressional hearing Tuesday.

The hearing is titled "Is Teen Acne Drug Linked to Depression and Suicide?" Besides testimony from experts, the committee is scheduled to hear from family members of teens that committed suicide while on Accutane, as well as federal regulators such as Janet Woodcock, MD, director of the FDA division responsible for prescription drugs.

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