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TV reporter and acne-sufferer Jonathan Gibson investigates a powerful, prescription-only drug that is being sold illegally in the west Midlands. BBC Inside Out discovers how people are able to buy it over the internet with no questions asked.

29 minutes

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Mon 23 Mar 2015 19:30

Missing airman mystery

Missing airman mystery

BBC Inside Out unravels the mysterious story of a young airman from Derbyshire which has been kept secret for 70 years.

John Thompson was 18 at the outbreak of World War II. He married in 1944 and spent a solitary weekend with his bride, Joyce, before he went missing following a secret air mission in October 1944.

A remarkable discovery on an Albanian mountain could provide clues to what happened.

Watch the video feature

Illegal sales of acne drug

Illegal sales of acne drug

BBC Inside Out investigates illegal sales of roaccutane, the powerful prescription-only drug used to treat severe acne.

Roaccutane works by suppressing the activity of sebaceous glands in the skin, reducing the amount of oil produced by these glands.

However, it can have severe side effects including depression and suicidal thoughts, and is only licensed on prescription from a consultant dermatologist.

As a result, there are concerns about the growing number of illegal online sales of the drug.

Watch the Inside Out video feature on the BBC News website


Role Contributor
Presenter Ayo Akinwolere
Reporter Jonathan Gibson
Series Editor Rachel Bowering


  • Mon 23 Mar 2015 19:30