Accutane Lawsuits

You may have been hurt or have crohns disease or ulcerative colitis by taking Accutane, if seeking information on Accutane lawsuits know that we’re here for you and want you to get the top notch representation our team of attorneys can provide. Time is critical as the Accutane Lawsuits are limited by statutes.

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  • Do I have an Accutane case or claim?
  • What are the settlements for Accutane?
  • Can I sue for my Accutane use?
  • What are the cash amounts for an Accutane lawsuit?
  • Are there time limits for an Accutane case to be filed?

Accutane Lawsuit Update

$25 Million Accutane Lawsuits Awarded for a NJ Man.

A New Jersey man was awarded $25 million dollars in a Accutane lawsuit this week.

The man, Andrew McCarrell of Moody, Alabama, had taken the drug for acne when he was in his 20’s and developed inflammatory bowel disorder.

He sued Hoffmann-La Roche Incorporated in 2007 for failing to warn of the drugs side effects.   He won that case and Hoffmann-La Roche appealed.  An appeals court ordered the new trial after overturning a $2.62 million award he won in May 2007.

The compensatory damages award came Tuesday in a retrial and awarded Andrew $25 million. A jury took over three hours to deliberate before a unanimous decision was reached. The jury also awarded McCarrell $159,000 for past medical expenses.

The makers of Accutane stopped selling the drug in June 2009 stating increased competition of generics and the cost of defending itself from other lawsuits.

This was the sixth largest Accutane drug lawsuit and so far the total amount of awards to Accutane users is $56 million.

Over 13 million people have taken Accutane and now the maker Roche, are pulling off the market due to terrible side effects including birth defects.  Close to 80 percent of women who were pregnant and taking Accutane had an abortion due to the high amount of severe birth defects. Some of the known birth defects from taking Accutane include both internal and external defects such as deformed heads, wideset eyes, small chin and ear deformations.

The manufacturer Roche may be slapped with a class action lawsuit and have to offer settlements to over 5,000 personal injury type claims. Our Accutane Lawyers are collecting information from vicitims.

As a law firm dedicated to consumer advocacy, we want to educate the public about Accutane’s deceptive marketing practices and about its negative side effects. A possible Accutane class action lawsuit may offer compensation from a settlement. However, in order to submit a claim, we need information from persons like you who have been hurt both physically and emotionally by Accutane’s manufacturer, Roche.

Accutane linked to Crohn’s Disease.

In some recent medical studies in the US and in England has many research scientist evaluating the link between the use of Accutane and crohn’s disease. Crohn’s disease affects the bowels and can cause numerous problems in the lower abdomen. This disease is in a group of illness called inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Crohn’s disease is named after the Doctor who first wrote about it in a clinical publication dated 1932, Dr. Burrill B. Crohn.

Accutane ulcerative colitis

Another side effect of Accutane is a condition that affects the upper intestinal track called ulcerative colitis.

Ulcerative colitis is a disease that causes inflammation and sores in the lining of the rectum and colon.

These ulcers can start to form where inflammation has killed the cells that usually line the colon, then bleed and produce pus. Inflammation in the colon also causes the colon to empty frequently, causing diarrhea. Symptons include abdominal pain and cramping, tenesmus, and possible gastrointestinal bleeding

More medical studies are needed to validate the link between the use of Accutane and Ulcerative colitis.

Accutane Side Effects:

According to recent reports, some of those side effects include impaired night vision, inflammatory bowl disease, pancreatitis, hypertension, back pain, nose bleeds, nail changes, itiching, and even hepatitis. Additionally, alopecia (hair loss), keloids (cartilage degeneration), and depression have been noted even after discontinuing Accutane treatment . Even more sobering, a FDA-related study suggests that there may be a link between Accutane use and suicidal tendencies, thoughts, or actions. In fact, United States dermatologists must register their patients before giving out any prescriptions of Accutane; if that doesn’t sound like a red flag to you, nothing will.

Of course, to the young person with moderate to severe acne who thinks he or she will “live forever”, those side effects, even self-inflicted death, pale in comparison to trying to get a date or just generally “fit in.” That’s where Accutane’s misleading marketing practices come into play. By making the drug sound like a gateway to “normalcy”, Accutane’s manufacturer, Roche, is essentially leaning hard on those with acne. It’s a kind of pressure sale, and very few people who have been discouraged time and time again by the pain and embarrassment of acne flair-ups are willing or even able to look at Accutane with a critical eye.

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