St. Louis Accutane Attorneys
Missouri Defective Prescription Drug Lawyers
- WHAT IS ACCUTANE?
- WHY IS ACCUTANE PRESCRIBED?
- DANGEROUS SIDE EFFECTS OF ACCUTANE
- LITIGATION RELATED TO ACCUTANE
- HOW THE ROBERTS LAW FIRM CAN HELP YOU
WHAT IS ACCUTANE?
Accutane, or Isotretinoin, is a drug manufactured by Roche Pharmaceuticals. Isotretinoin was initially utilized in chemotherapy treatment. At some point researchers noted the ability of Accutane (isotretinoin) to treat acne, a skin condition characterized by whiteheads, blackheads and red pimples.
WHY IS ACCUTANE PRESCRIBED?
Accutane is a strong form of medication used to treat acne, typically after other options to treat the skin condition have been unsuccessful.
DANGEROUS SIDE EFFECTS OF ACCUTANE
In 2006 the American Journal of Gastroenterology published a study that noted a link between the use of isotretinoin (Accutane) and the development of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), a gastrointestinal disorder that refers to two chronic conditions known as ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease.
Though ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease are similar, the conditions affect different parts of the digestive tract. Patients with ulcerative colitis experience swelling and the formation of ulcers on the surface of the lining of the top layer of the large intestine while patients with Crohn's disease experience thickening of the intestinal wall, most frequently in the last part of the small intestine and the first part of the large intestine.
There has also been an alleged link to a risk of suicide due to Accutane although this has been denied by Roche Pharmaceuticals, In 1997, the FDA addressed concerns with Roche Pharmaceuticals about reports of psychiatric disorders surfacing in Accutane patients. Roche did not inform the U.S. FDA that the French equivalent of the FDA instructed the company to include a "suicide attempt" warning on the label of the medication in early 1997. In May 2000, a warning of adverse psychiatric side effects was included on the Accutane label.
LITIGATION RELATED TO ACCUTANE
Approximately 5,000 personal injury lawsuits have been filed against Roche Pharmaceuticals, alleging that Accutane caused the onset of bowel problems. Additional lawsuits have been filed against Roche Pharmaceuticals for adverse reactions to Accutane including suicide, psychiatric side effects, and various gastrointestinal disorders. In June of 2009, Roche Pharmaceuticals pulled Accutane from the U.S. market.
HOW THE ROBERTS LAW FIRM CAN HELP YOU
We believe that if you or someone you love have suffered from a side effect or been injured by Accutane you should be fairly compensated for your damages. Men, women, children and their families have had life-changing experiences as a result of these injuries. Damages can include:
- Pain and Suffering
- Permanent injuries
- Medical bills
- Loss in the Quality of Life
- Potential Risk of Future Medical Complications
- Increased Health Insurance Costs
- Lost Wages
Due to both the alleged acts and failure to act on the part of the large drug companies that manufacture Accutane many people who have suffered side effects were unaware that there were these risks. The Roberts Law Firm, P. C. would like to assist you in pursuing compensation for your injury or the injury of a loved one. We are currently evaluating claims on behalf of those who were prescribed Accutane and who may have suffered injury. We are representing injured parties on a contingent fee basis which means that there are no legal fees owed unless you are awarded compensation for your injury. For a free, no obligation case review please call 866-585-3690 toll free or fill out our online contact form and we will contact you to answer any of your questions. If you or a loved one has been injured after using Accutane, The Roberts Law Firm, P.C. may be able to help.