Accutane is a medication that was administered orally for the treatment of acne. It was to be taken by the patient one or two times a day, depending on how bad the acne was. Accutane or isotretinoin was originally a drug used for chemotherapy, and is considered very potent. It was manufactured by the company Roche Pharmaceuticals. Roche issued a recall of Accutane in June 2009 in the United States, in part because of the high cost of defending Accutane lawsuits.
Before Accutane was withdrawn from the market, there were a number of serious Accutane side effects that were linked to the medication.
Accutane Side Effects
Some of the most problematic side effects of Accutane include:
- Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)
- Chron’s Disease
- Ulcerative Colitis
Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) is a group of illnesses that affect the bowels. Chron’s disease is one of these illnesses and has been known to cause a number of lower abdominal problems. Ulcerative Colitis can cause both inflammation and ulcerative sores in the lining of the colon and the rectum. The inflammation kills the normal cells that line the colon and ulcers begin to form. Some of the symptoms include abdominal cramping, pain, and even gastrointestinal bleeding.
Accutane was introduced to the market in 1982, and it is estimated that about 16 million people have used this medication since that time. There are many Accutane lawsuits related to bowel disease that have been filed and damages have been awarded, while many more Accutane lawsuits are still pending. At this point, more than 30 million dollars have been awarded to individuals whose lives were negatively impacted by the side effects of Accutane.
What Can You Do?
If you or a member of your family has suffered from any of the Accutane side effects, you need to contact the Accutane lawyers at Pulaski Law Firm P.L.L.C. today. Contact our firm at 800-BAD-DRUG (800-223-3784) to have your case evaluated. Discuss your case with our Accutane lawyers and find out whether you might be a candidate for compensation.
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