Accutane was distributed by Hoffman-La Roche to treat mild to severe acne. This drug was extremely popular for many years and many people used Accutane knowing that it was accompanied by serious risks.
Accutane reportedly brought in more than $1.2 billion in annual sales before Hoffman-La Roche took it off of the market in 2009 due to the growing number of reported side effects.
Accutane and other drugs that contain isotretinoin, the drug’s main ingredient, can cause side effects including, irritable bowel syndrome, severe depression, suicidal tendencies, heart attacks, strokes, hearing problems, low blood cell count, seizures, and birth defects.
In 2006, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) began the iPledge program to manage the risks associated with isotretinoin and to ensure that pregnant women do not use it because of the high risk of birth defects associated with its use.
The side effects associated with Accutane have been the subject of more than 5000 lawsuits filed against Hoffman-La Roche over the past 8 years.
Lawsuits claim that Hoffman-La Roche failed to warn the public of some known risks that accompany the use of Accutane. Because of this, the distributor has been and continues to be successfully sued by individuals who have harmed by the drug.
One of the risks associated with using Accutane that was not disclosed by Hoffman-La Roche is the possibility of developing an inflammatory bowel disease, such as Crohn’s disease. If you took Accutane and have developed an inflammatory bowel disease, you may be entitled to file a lawsuit to seek both punitive and compensatory damages.
Recently, the New Jersey Supreme Court reinstated a $25 million verdict in an Accutane case brought by a man who used the drug for only four months and was subsequently diagnosed with an inflammatory bowel disease that led to his colon and rectum having to be removed and replaced.
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Although Accutane was voluntarily taken off of the market in 2009, isotretinoin is still available through the federal iPledge program and in many other drugs that contain the same active ingredient, such as Amnesteem, Claravis, and Sotret. Furthermore, La Roche continues to make isotretinoin available in other countries under the name Roaccutane.
If you or someone you know has suffered severe side effects due to Accutane or medications containing isotretinoin, you should contact an experienced pharmaceutical drugs lawyer to discuss your legal options. You may be entitled to substantial compensation. However, wait too long to file a lawsuit, and you may lose your right to ever file a claim. Call today!