Accutane (generic: isotretinoin), the popular acne medication, is used in the treatment of moderate to severe forms of outbreaks. However, those who use Accutane for acne treatment may develop any number of serious health conditions including inflammatory bowel disease.
UPDATE: $1.5 Million Awarded in Accutane Lawsuit
March 12, 2014 — Roche, the Swiss drug-maker behind Accutane, has been ordered to pay $1.5 million to Kamie Kendall, is a resident of Utah who was diagnosed with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Click here to read more.
July 2, 2012 — A jury in New Jersey has forced Roche to pay two women $18 million to settle Accutane lawsuits. The jury found that Roche failed to adequately warn the women about the risk of ulcerative colitis. As a result, the women developed a permanent, debilitating inflammatory bowel disease.
Roche Holding AG, the popular Swiss drug manufacturer, released Accutane in the United States in 1982 as a treatment intended to help reduce the symptoms of severe acne. However, an onslaught of severe, life-threatening complications associated with the symptoms of Accutane forced the pharmaceutical giant to conduct an Accutane recall from the U.S. market in 2009.
Side Effects of Accutane
Recent studies suggest that the continual use of the popular acne medication may lead to potentially fatal Accutane side effects. Side effects of Accutane acne medication include, but are not limited to:
- Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD): A disease that causes inflammation in the intestines and encompasses both ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease.
- Ulcerative colitis: A disease characterized by sores (ulcers) and inflammation in the rectum and colon.
- Crohn’s disease: A disease that causes inflammation in the digestive tract.
Accutane Class Action Lawsuit Information
Hoffman-La Roche has been hit with over 7,000 lawsuits involving Accutane. The majority of these cases are centralized in state or federal litigation, including mass torts in New Jersey and Pennsylvania and a Multi-District Litigation (MDL) in Florida. The litigation is not an Accutane class action lawsuit — instead, each plaintiff has filed an individual lawsuit. Instead of a class action, our lawyers file individual lawsuits because we believe this is the best way we can help each of our clients maximize their financial recovery.