Find out if you have an Accutane® lawsuit claim
Accutane® is the brand name for Isotretinoin, a drug prescribed to treat a form of nodular acne that most often occurs in adolescents. This form of nodular acne sometimes cannot be effectively treated by other drugs including antibiotics.
Why is Accutane® dangerous?
Accutane® has been linked to numerous cases of severe abdominal side effects and gastrointestinal disorders including Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), Ulcerative Colitis and Crohn’s Disease. In some extreme instances, drastic surgical treatment has been required to treat these disorders, including the removal of parts of the colon and rectum.
The adverse effects of taking Accutane® can take up to several years to show up despite the medication remaining in the blood for only four to seven days. They can also range in severity.
Recent lawsuits claim Hoffman-La Roche Inc., the manufacturer of Accutane®, knew of the potential for gastrointestinal side effects from Accutane® use and are responsible to those who took the medication and suffered from injuries as a result.
One such case by plaintiff Andrew McCarrell, 36, claims that Accutane® caused McCarrell’s IBD. After taking Accutane® for four months in 1995, McCarrell had to undergo three major surgeries resulting in the removal of his rectum and most of his colon. He was forced to use a colostomy bag for several years until the third major surgery connected the remains of his colon with his anus, resulting in permanent diarrhea. In May 2007, a New Jersey jury awarded Mr. McCarrell over $2.6 million in damages and medical expenses. That verdict was appealed, resulting in a second trial of Mr. McCarrell’s case. On February 16, 2010, the second New Jersey jury awarded Mr. McCarrell $25.16 million.
What are the side effects?
The recent wave of lawsuits aimed at Accutane relate to causing severe stomach and gastrointestinal problems including inflammatory bowel disease, Ulcerative Colitis, and Crohn’s Disease. These side effects have also led to problems in the liver, esophagus, pancreas, and lower bowels.
When severe pain is noted in these areas, especially after ending a prescription with this drug, it can be a sign that damage has been done to vital organs in the abdomen. These symptoms might manifest as trouble swallowing, heartburn, yellowing of skin and hands, diarrhea, dark urine, or bleeding from the rectum – all signs of potential damage to organs.
Do you believe you or a loved one has been injured by Accutane®? Goldberg & Osborne can help.
The law firm of Goldberg & Osborne is dedicated to helping injured people nationwide and is currently accepting cases for Accutane® victims. For a FREE case evaluation, please call us toll-free at 1-800-THE-EAGLE (1-800-843-3245) or submit a short and simple online case form here.