Alice Marsh, a 17-year-old college student, comes to the pharmacy counter to collect her prescription for Roaccutane (isotretinoin) capsules. This is the first time she has been prescribed Roaccutane to treat her severe acne. The counter assistant notices that the prescription is flagged as requiring counselling from the pharmacist and so you ask Alice whether you can have a chat with her in the consultation room.
“I’ve just been given these tablets because my skin is really bad, but I’m feeling a bit anxious about taking them. There seems to be quite a lot of side effects and I’ve been given all these leaflets about pregnancy prevention,” Alice tells you, “can you talk me through them?”
Isotretinoin is an example of a class of drug called oral