Accutane, a drug used to treat severe acne, has received the most severe FDA warning possible; the black box warning. Since then, Accutane has been the subject of several Accutane lawsuits and Accutane was pulled in 2009. Other names for Accutane are Claravis, Sotret and Amnesteem. Many patients require other medical treatment after taking Accutane and suffer financial and emotional pain after taking Accutane. Some estimate that Accutane made $1.2 billion per year in profits. You may be eligible to sue if:
- You took Accutane and have a bowl disorder like Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), Crohn’s Disease or Ulcerative Colitis
- You took Accutane while preganant and your baby suffered a birth defect
- You took Accutane and have mild nosebleeds, irritated eyes, depression, or suicidal impulses.
What Are The Accutane Side Effects And Types Of Accutane Injuries
In 2006, the American Journal of Gastroenterology found a link between Accutane and inflammatory bowl diseases (IBD). Under a 2009 Accutane study, Accutane was linked to an increase in Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), but there are other Accutane side effects. Depending on how much Accutane you took, or when you took Accutane, you may have suffered an Accutane injury. Some of the serious Accutane side effects include:
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) which include Accutane induced Crohn’s Disease or Ulcerative Colitis
- Having your colon removed
- Severe depression or suicidal tendencies
- Heart attack, stroke, seizure or lowered blood cell count
Some Accutane Birth Defects include:
Deformed fetus, facial malformations, mental retardation, heart defects, hearing impairment or missing earlobes.
Who Is At Risk Of Being A Victim Of Accutane And What Are The Current Accutane Lawsuits?
Those who took Accutane and suffered certain side effects may be considered Accutane victims. Even a single dose of Accutane can cause life-threatening birth defects including birth defects of the ear, eyes, face, skill, heart and brain. Others Accutane users suffer from Steven-Johnson syndrome (an extreme skin reaction) after taking Accutane.
Currently, there have been about 5,000 Accutane lawsuits filed since 2009, each with varying Accutane settlement amounts. For example; a recent Accutane lawsuit in which a Utah woman who took Accutane lost her colon won her Accutane lawsuit and was awarded $10.5million for her pain and suffering. In McCarell v. Hoffmann-La Roche, Roche paid out over $25 million to an Accutane Victim suffering from IBS.
What Can I Do If I Think I Am A Victim Of Accutane?
Patients, who took Accutane, or a generic version of Accutane and suffer from IBS, have Crohn’s Disease, Ulcerative Colitis or had your colon removed you may be able to sue Accutane and its producer: Roche. Additionally, if you took Accutane while pregnant and suffered a birth defect, you may be able to sue Accutane. Accutane lawyers are offering free legal consultations to anyone injured after taking Accutane. If you are suffering after taking Accutane – contact an attorney today!
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Frequently Asked Questions
What is Accutane?
Accutane was a drug marketed by Roche Pharmaceuticals for the treatment of moderate to severe acne. Accutane was pulled from the market in 2009, however millions of people took the drug while is … more
Is Accutane still marketed?
No, Roche Pharmaceuticals pulled Accutane from the market in 2009. However, generic versions of the drug may still be available by prescription. more
Are Accutane generic drugs still available?
Generic versions of Accutane may still be available by prescription. These include medications called Isotretinoin, Amnesteem, Claravis, and Sotret. more
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