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Son born with deformities – due to acne medication

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Woman from Vaud sues doctor

Son born with deformities – due to acne medication

Because of an acne medication, a young woman from the canton of Vaud gave birth to a child with deformities. She didn’t know that she wasn’t allowed to get pregnant, says the woman. But the federal court doesn’t believe her.

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A woman from the canton of Vaud was taking medication for acne and shouldn’t have gotten pregnant because of it. (icon picture)

Because of her acne, a young woman from the canton of Vaud went to her family doctor in 2002 and was then prescribed the drug Roaccutane. What the then 18-year-old didn’t know: Due to the active ingredient isotretinoin, women who take the drug must not become pregnant under any circumstances, as there is a risk that the child could develop deformities.

Doctors must therefore inform their patients sufficiently about the dangers. But that is exactly what should not have happened in this case. The young woman became pregnant in 2007 and gave birth to a son – with severe deformities. This is reported by the “Aargauer Zeitung”.

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