Our lawyers are now reviewing potential Accutane lawsuits for patients who were prescribed Accutane to treat acne. Specifically, our lawyers are investigating lawsuits for individuals who have been diagnosed with Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), Ulcerative Colitis, or Crohn’s Disease and on behalf of families who have lost a loved one to suicide while taking Accutane.
There is little doubt that Accutane was effective in treating severe, treatment-resistant acne. The question is – based on the severity of the side effects Accutane causes should there have been a recall of Accutane a long time ago?
After Accutane came onto the market in the early 80s, its manufacturer, Roche, received reports of patients who developed IBD at or about the time of their Accutane use. Roche added a headlined IBD warning in 1984 in its physician package insert:
Inflammatory Bowel Disease: Accutane has been temporally associated with inflammatory bowel disease (including regional ileitis) in patients without a prior history of intestinal disorders. Patients experiencing abdominal pain, rectal bleeding or severe diarrhea should discontinue Accutane immediately.
IBD is an umbrella term that refers to two diseases of the gastrointestinal tract: ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease. Both can be lifelong aliments in which gastrointestinal symptoms wax and wane over time that for some, can be improved through medication and/or surgery. Over a million people in the United States have, to some degree, IBD.
Finally, in June 2009, there was an Accutane recall and the brand name medication was discontinued. The manufacturer cited Accutane lawsuits as the reason it stopped selling the product which implies the problem is plaintiffs’ lawyers. But, apparently, the problem is also what the American people think. Juries have awarded millions of dollars against Roche. Five separate juries have found that Roche failed to fully and adequately inform of the risks of IBD associated with Accutane. At some point, Roche needs to realize that it is on the wrong side of these cases and offer reasonable settlements on these Accutane lawsuits.
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