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Teens and medicines that cause birth defects: Do doctors drop the ball?

By: Claire McCarthy, MD, Faculty Editor, Harvard Health Publications My 14-year-old daughter recently started taking isotretinoin, a medication that can help severe acne and that can cause severe birth defects. I knew that there was a process in place for preventing pregnancy in girls taking it, but I was caught off guard by just how many hoops we had to jump through to get her prescription. …

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