Accutane Injury Information
Accutane (isotretinoin) is a medication that is commonly used to treat severe cystic acne. There have been many former Accutane users who have pursued an Accutane lawsuit against the pharmaceutical company who manufactures the drug, Hoffmann-La Roche (Roche). The most well known side effects of this dangerous drug are birth defects and inflammatory bowel disease. Juries awarded millions of dollars in damages for those injured before Roche decided to take Accutane off the U.S. market in 2009.
If you or someone you love has suffered birth defects, a miscarriage, crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, or inflammatory bowel disease as a result of taking Accutane, give us a call for a FREE Case Consultation by calling toll-free 855-552-2337. All consultations are free and our case intake specialists are available 24 hours a day, 7 days week.
How Does Accutane Work?
Accutane works by reducing the amount of oil that your glands produce. Accutane is typically taken by oral capsule and contains the active ingredient isotretinoin. Due to the fact that the drug is a form of vitamin A, higher dosages could result in toxicity. Acne occurs because of the overproduction of sebum from the sebaceous glands in the skin. The overproduction is trapped under the skin and bacteria begins to thrive, causing irritation and inflammation. Isotretinoin attempts to reduce this overproduction, reducing also the trapped bacteria and acne.
Serious Accutane Health Complications
Accutane Linked to Birth Defects
Accutane is a known teratogen, which means that if it is taken during pregnancy, it can interfere with the development of the fetus. The drug has been linked to birth defects such as facial abnormalities, cleft palate, ear deformities, misscarriages, and neural tube defects. Women who are pregnant should consult with their medical professionals immediately if they are taking any form of isotretinoin.
Accutane Linked to Inflammatory Bowel Disease
In 1994, there were a large number of cases reported to Roche that Accutane contributed to Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. These are forms of inflammatory bowel disease that cause numerous issues with the bowels and intestinal tract. Between 1997 and 2002, the FDA received similar reports that the drug caused negative problems with the functioning of the bowels.
Accutane Linked to Depression and Suicide
Another serious health issue that has been attributed to Accutane is depression and suicide. Roche has denied this claim multiple times, but by 2005, there had been 190 suicide deaths that were linked to this defective drug. Accutane warning labels in the U.S. were updated in 1998, noting the risk of psychiatric problems. This change came about after the FDA learned that Roche failed to inform the agency that French health authorities required the company to place a “suicide” warning on their product in the French market the year before.
Accutane Linked to Stunted Growth
The FDA guide for Accutane notes that the drug could possibly lead to the stopping of bone growth in teenagers who are still developing. Some studies have linked the stunted growth to the increased levels of vitamin A, which damages the formation of new cartilage. A 2007 study linked Accutane to a decrease in growth hormone after only three months of use. Three years later, a study attributed the bad drug to decreases in insulin-like growth factors.
Other Accutane Side Effects
Other Accutane side effects reported on Webmd.com include:
- Dry Mouth/Lipps
- Swelling of the eyelids/lips
- Crusty Skin
- Bleeding Nose
- Upset Stomach
- Thinning Hair
- Bone Loss Effects
- Contact/Eye Irritation
- Limitation of Night Vision
- Muscle and Joint Pain
- Increased Sensitivity to the Sun
Again, remember, you should never take Accutane while pregnant and consult your doctor before breastfeeding if you are taking Accutane.
Accutane Side Effects Litigation
According to reports, more than 16 million individuals have received prescriptions for Accutane since its introduction 30 years ago. Over 7,000 Accutane injury lawsuits have been filed related to the adverse effects of the drug. The Roche pharmaceutical company has paid out approximately $53 million dollars in Accutane settlements.
In 2008, a woman received $10.5 million dollars in compensatory damages and $78,500 for medical costs after she was diagnosed with inflammatory bowel disease two years after beginning Accutane. In 2010, Roche paid out $25 million dollars to a man who developed inflammatory bowel disease years after taking Accutane. The dangerous drug resulted in five surgeries for the man, and he eventually had to have his colon removed.
In 2012, pharmaceutical giant Roche paid out $18 million dollars to two Accutane users who developed bowel problems. If you have inflammatory bowel disease as a result of taking this drug, contact an Accutane attorney experienced helping injury victims.
Accutane Recalls By Manufacturer
Roche recalled Accutane in 2009 after being forced to pay out millions of dollars in settlements to seriously injured Accutane users. According to Roche, the recall was due to the struggling sales of the drug. However, it did occur soon after they had forked over massive amounts of money to injured victims, which leaves room for controversy around Roche’s true motives for taking the product off the market. The pharmaceutical company reported that cheaper generic forms of Accutane had entered the market, since Roche’s patent expired in 2002, causing an increase in competition. The company still sells the drug in foreign markets under the name Roaccutane. Generic forms of the drug are sold under names such as Claravis, Sotret, Amnesteem, and Isotroin.
Roche is a global Swiss-based company. Legal claims filed against this large pharmaceutical corporation are complex matters that require extensive resources. A pharmaceutical lawyer will shoulder these expenses throughout litigation and help level the playing field for the injury victim. Don’t be afraid to fight for your rights if you have been seriously injured as a result of taking Accutane. If Roche is found responsible for your personal injuries, they will also be responsible for providing you the compensation you deserve for your pain and suffering.
Contact an Accutane Lawyer for More Information
It is unacceptable when a corporation places profits ahead of people, especially when known risks are hidden at the expense of the public health. Contact a St. Louis Accutane lawyer as soon as possible to review your legal options. Time limits apply.
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