Accutane (generic: isotretinoin) has been linked to a variety of severe, life-threatening side effects including Birth Defects, Depression, Suicide, Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), Crohn’s Disease, Ulcerative Colitis, and many others.
Accutane Lawsuit Update 7/2/12: Last month, pharmaceutical giant Roche Holding AG was ordered to pay a total of $18 million to settle a pair of lawsuits claiming that Accutane caused the plaintiffs’ inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). The company has now lost nine of 13 lawsuits brought by former Accutane users that have gone to trial since April 2007. Click here to learn more.
Accutane Recall Alert: On June 26, 2009 Roche Holding AG, the manufacturer of Accutane initiated a nationwide recall of the popular cancer and acne medication Accutane after stating that that they have awarded over $33 million in lawsuits directly related to bowel disease claims.
Accutane Recall Lawsuits Total More Than $33 Million
Roche currently faces as many as 5,000 personal injury lawsuits regarding Acctuane.
Michael Schmidt, Managing Partner of Schmidt & Clark, LLP, has noticed an alarming number of inquiries to the firm related to Accutane. Mr. Schmidt stated “We are a firm that focuses on mass torts litigation. As a result, we have received a large number of inquiries where the patient has stated that they have been diagnosed with a form of inflammatory bowel disease after having taken Accutane. Based upon the inquiries we have experienced to date and the recent recall of Accutane from the U.S. market, it is likely that the number of Accutane related side effect cases will continue to trend upward.”
Recently, a jury awarded a $10.5 million verdict after the plaintiff claimed that the drugmaker failed to properly warn them that the medicine would cause inflammatory bowel disease.
In November, a state-court jury in New Jersey found company officials didn’t properly warn doctors about Accutane’s health risks and awarded three men a total of $12.9 million in damages.
The drug also has been linked to birth defects and depression.
What is Accutane?
Accutane is the brand name for the drug isotretinoin, which was developed by Hoffmann-La Roche Inc. for treating severe cystic (nodular) acne. Accutane is also marketed under the names Roaccutane, Amnesteem, Claravis and Sotret. Known as a retinoid drug, Accutane is a synthetic form of Vitamin A and was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1982.
Generic Name: Isotretinoin
Date Approved: May 1982
Manufacturer: Hoffmann-La Roche
Approved Uses: Severe or Cystic Acne
Off-Label Uses: Mild or moderate acne
What’s the problem?
Accutane was originally developed and marketed as a chemotherapy drug for certain types of cancer. Hoffmann-La Roche, the manufacturer, soon thereafter discovered that Accutane was also effective in treating severe acne and quickly launched an aggressive marketing campaign promoting the drug to doctor’s offices across the country. Accutane quickly became one of the leading forms of treatment for common Acne.
Since its approval by the U.S. Food & Drug administration (FDA) in 1982, Accutane has been linked to a variety of severe, life-threatening side effects Birth Defects, Depression, Suicide, Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), Crohn’s Disease, Ulcerative Colitis, and many others.
Shockingly, there have been reports of more than 150 suicides, 1,000 birth defects, and 10,000 miscarriages directly linked to the use of Accutane.
Accutane Side Effects
Our firm is currently accepting the following types of Accutane induced side effect cases:
- Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)
- Premature Closure of Growth Plates
- Birth Defects
- Ulcerative Colitis
- Crohn’s Disease
- Inflammatory Bowel Syndrome
- Rectal Bleeding
- Abdominal Pain
- Central Nervous System Injuries
- Bone and Muscle Loss
- Cardiovascular Injuries
- Liver and Kidney Damage
- Immune System Disorder
- Hearing and Vision Damage
- Thyroid Disorders
- Suicidal Thoughts & Behavior