May 10, 2010 – A long-running Accutane lawsuit was settled last week for an confidential amount in favor of defendant Jason Peipert, who sued Dr. Daniel Goran for medical malpractice.
Peipert was prescribed Accutane in the late 1990s and developed inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) as a result of the acne medication’s harmful side effects. The lawsuit claimed that Accutane’s side effects resulted in his condition and led to constant pain and several major surgeries. Peipert settled his lawsuit against Accutane’s inceptor Hoffman-LaRoche, Inc. and Roche Laboratories on March 24th.
To date, a total of six lawsuits have been settled against drugmakers and the doctors who prescribed Accutane for a combined $56 million, and hundreds are still waiting to hit the courts. All six defendants have lost their cases with a total of $56 million in damages awarded to the plaintiffs. In each case, juries determined that the manufacturers shared the blame for not properly warning doctors about the full dangers of using Accutane.
Roche Laboratories eventually recalled and removed Accutane from the market in June 2009, but it continues to be sold in its generic form under the names of Amnesteem, Claravis, and Sotret.