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BMJ 2009; 339 doi: (Published 07 July 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b2757

Roche stops selling isotretinoin in US: Roche has stopped making and distributing isotretinoin (Roaccutane), its treatment for severe acne, in the United States, saying that the drug’s market share there had fallen to below 5% since the drug came off patent. US juries have awarded at least $33m (£20m; €24m) in damages to users who blamed the drug for bowel disease. The drug has also been linked to birth defects and depression. Roche has defended the drug’s safety.

India decriminalises homosexuality: The Delhi High Court has decriminalised consensual sex between same sex adults in India, ruling on a petition from health and gay rights activists that had challenged the country’s 149 year old law making homosexual activity a criminal offence. …

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