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  •   Home > News > Health & Safety

    Dermatologist failed to do pregnancy test

    A dermatologist has breached a code of health, after failing to check if a woman was pregnant before prescribing medication harmful to an unborn child.

    A dermatologist failed to test a woman to see if she was pregnant, before prescribing her a drug which was harmful to an unborn child.

    A report, released on Monday, found the dermatologist in breach of the code of health and disability services consumers' rights.

    A young woman with a history of severe acne went to a dermatologist, and was prescribed isotretinoin, says the report.

    At the consultation, the dermatologist knew that there was the possibility that she was able to have a child, despite the woman not saying anything to indicate she may be pregnant.

    The dermatologist prescribed the woman isotretinoin, but excluded a pregnancy test when ordering pre-treatment monitoring blood tests.

    By prescribing the woman isotretinoin without a pregnancy test, the dermatologist failed to provide services to the woman with reasonable care and skill, says Health and Disability commissioner Anthony Hill.

    The dermatologist provided a written apology to the woman and arranged to enrol in a communication skills course.

    No further recommendations were made.


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