Would you stop your teenager taking a prescribed drug, proven to cause injury/death?
Hi mums, I am curious to know what you would do in this situation...
My 18 year old step-daughter was prescribed Roaccutane (for severe acne) when she was 15 and then Jasmin when she was 17 (the pill also used for patients with acne). Both drugs are known to have severe possible side-effects including death. In fact, in Amercia alone there are 1,900 class-action lawsuits settled against the drug company Bayer for the drug Jasmine. Roaccutane is just as bad with Roche having paid out $53 million already in class actions.
When my husband researched these drugs he told his ex-wife that he didnt want his daughter taking the drug. His ex-wife, as she usually does... ignored him and went ahead. She was more concerned that acne might give her daughter low self-esteem.
So my husband tried to appeal to the commonsense of his 18 year old daughter last week and showed her a news item on tv and website information on the drug. No luck. In fact, she got angry and yelled at him (because he cared whether she lives or dies? what a horrible father). She said... "You shouldn't believe everything you read on the internet or hear on the news! Your not a doctor! THANK GOD FOR MUM !! "
So I am assuming that my step-daughter should not rely on the internet when researching her school assignments either because the information isnt reliable? The patients who are suing the pharmacuetical companies were prescribed this medication by a doctor. How does being a doctor mean you will never be improperly prescribed medicine?! It is so illogical but teenagers are.
I know there is no solution here - my husband is well-accustomed to the fact that he never gets a say in his daughters health & well-being, schooling or discipline etc. However, the question I am asking is... would you risk putting your daughter/son on a prescribed drug that had possible severe long term side effects?