HAVE YOU TAKEN ACCUTANE AND ARE NOW SUFFERING FROM CROHN’S DISEASE, ULCERATIVE COLITIS, OR INFLAMMATORY BOWEL DISEASE (IBD)?
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Accutane is a type of oral acne medication manufactured by Hoffman LaRoche that has been linked to a number of serious side effects and complications. Patients who have taken this drug have reported auto-immune problems, gastrointestinal problems, psychological issues, central nervous system and musculoskeletal problems.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has received a high number of reports of the following side effects: birth defects, fetal death, kidney damage, Crohn’s disease, liver damage, hepatitis, diabetes, Lupus, multiple sclerosis, hepatoxicity, ulcerative colitis, irritable bowel disease, and inflammatory bowel disease.
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Because of these serious issues, the manufacturer of Accutane issued a recall in June of 2009. This recall came only after a court ruled that $33 million be awarded to victims of the drug. On top of this ruling, the manufacturer also faced more than five thousand individual lawsuits, causing a major financial blow to the company.
While patients can no longer get Accutane from the manufacturer, they can still get the drug from pharmacies through the iPLEDGE program. The iPLEDGE program was instituted to prevent women who are pregnant from receiving certain drugs, as well as to discourage pregnancy from occurring while taking certain drugs. The program requires patients to present a negative pregnancy test thirty days before the prescription is filled, as well as before any refills are given.
The iPLEDGE program was instated as a replacement to the SMART (System to Manage Accutane Related Teratogenicity) program. The program, while intended to be helpful, has come under fire because of its many conditions and mandatory compliance from people of non-child bearing age, and men.
If you or a loved one has developed Crohn’s Disease, Ulcerative Colitis, or Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) after taking the powerful acne medication Accutane, we strongly urge you to contact one of our Accutane lawyers immediately to discuss a potential Accutane lawsuit.
Many critics of the drug Accutane believe that the manufacturer did not do enough to adequately warn patients about these potentially fatal side effects, and did not complete adequate testing. Because of this, there have been a number of personal injury lawsuits and defective drug liability lawsuits filed against the manufacturer. Call us today to see if you are entitled to potential compensation.