Accutane Side Effects Lawsuits Filed
Elise Kramer | May 23rd, 2012
Side effects of the powerful acne drug Accutane have been cropping up across the country and a number of patients have chosen to file Accutane lawsuits after experiencing these side effects. Accutane was introduced to the United States’ pharmaceuticals market in 1982, and was pulled voluntarily by drugmaker Hoffman-La Roche in 2009 after more and more reports of inflammatory bowel disease after Accutane use came in. Although Accutane helped a number of patients with severe acne that did not respond to antibiotics or topical ointments treat their condition, it also left many with a seriously unwanted side effect—inflammatory bowel disease.
IBD affects patients nationwide
Accutane users across the country began to experience symptoms such as severe cramps, nausea and vomiting, bleeding, and diarrhea. These are some of the many symptoms of inflammatory bowel disease, an umbrella term that includes Accutane ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease. They are serious side effects and often are a life sentence; there is no cure for inflammatory bowel disease, and treatments often require surgeries to remove parts of the patient’s colon.
It is no surprise, based on the severity of the side effects associated with the medication, that many patients are attempting to take legal action against drugmaker Hoffman-La Roche, hoping to gain compensation that could help cover medical bills and other costs as a consequence of these side effects. A number of plaintiffs have already won such compensation, with some being awarded millions of dollars in jury decisions.
Thousands of lawsuits consolidated
More than 7,000 Accutane lawsuits have been filed nationwide, with patients across the country seeing their litigation being moved to consolidated cases. There is a multidistrict litigation case established in Florida and mass tort lawsuits taking place in Pennsylvania and in New Jersey.
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