GUIDELINE FOR FEMALES OF CHILDBEARING POTENTIAL
NOW THAT YOU HAVE DECIDED TO START ACCUTANE, HERE ARE THE NEXT STEPS:
- Before starting Accutane you will need two negative pregnancy tests one month apart. Your doctor will provide two blood work forms for you, one to be done now, and one to be done 2-3 days before your next appointment.
- Make sure you review the I-pledge booklet and you know where to locate your I-pledge number.
- After you have done your first blood test, your doctor’s office will register you in the I-pledge system. After you have been registered in I-pledge you should receive information (either by US Mail or e-mail) with step-by-step instructions on how to log into the system, they will also provide you with a temporary I-pledge password.
- 2-3 days before your next doctor’s appointment go to the lab with your second blood work form. The day you get your blood work done starts the “7 day window” which is when you are eligible to receive your Accutane prescription.
WHAT IS MY “7 DAY WINDOW”?
The “7 day window” signals the time you are eligible to receive your Accutane prescription. In the 7 day window four steps must be completed:
- Get your blood work done.
- Have your appointment with your doctor.
- Complete your questions in the I-pledge system. You must enter the two forms of birth control you are using. You can only answer your questions after your doctor has entered your test results into the I-pledge system.
- Pick-up your prescription from the pharmacy. Bring your I-pledge card with you to the pharmacy so the pharmacy staff can complete their questions on I-pledge.
WHY DO I HAVE TO GET BLOOD WORK DONE 2-3 DAYS BEFORE MY APPOINTMENT?
We ask that you complete the blood work 2-3 days before your appointment so the doctor can review the results with you during the time of your appointment. Our office cannot update you in the I-pledge system until we have received a negative pregnancy test result from the lab.