Accutane IBD Central in Suits
Elise Kramer | December 12th, 2012
Accutane was a powerful acne drug often prescribed to patients for whom other courses of treatment, including oral antibiotics and topical creams, were not effective. It was pulled from pharmaceutical shelves in 2009 by drug maker Hoffman-La Roche amidst many allegations of serious side effects, but the recall of the product doesn’t mean Roche’s legal problems are over. Hundreds of patients nationwide have filed suit against the Swiss drug manufacturer, hoping to win compensation for the injuries they have suffered.
What are the side effects of Accutane?
Inflammatory bowel disease is the side effect most commonly cited when patients file an Accutane lawsuit. The condition is marked by inflammation in various parts of the gastrointestinal tract that can cause a range of symptoms from nausea to bloody diarrhea. Inflammatory bowel disease is actually an umbrella term, and both Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis are subtypes of IBD. Intense abdominal pain and cramping, bloody diarrhea, ulcers, significant weight loss, inflammation of the eyes and mouth, and fever are all signs that may indicate that a patient is suffering from some form of inflammatory bowel disease.
Although inflammatory bowel disease can be regulated with treatment to a degree–medication, life style changes, and surgery can all help to alleviate symptoms–it is a chronic condition and symptoms will likely recur throughout a patient’s life. Although Accutane was pulled from shelves in 2009, because inflammatory bowel disease can take years to appear, patients may only just now be discovering that they, too, suffer from some of the devastating side effects of the once-popular acne drug.
Accutane lawsuits settle for millions
One Accutane plaintiff received $25 million after filing his lawsuit. Two other cases involved patients who were awarded 8 million after they proved, successfully, that their injuries were linked to the acne medication. For more information regarding Accutane-related side effects and litigation, please continue to explore this website or contact one of our experienced Accutane lawyers.
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