Accutane Lawsuits Continue to Grow Well Into Thousands
Elise Kramer | February 10th, 2012 | Posted in Accutane Crohns Disease News
The Food and Drug Administration has been heavily involved in the investigation of Accutane side effects since it became clear that a number of patients were suffering from a range of serious side effects associated with the acne medication. The Food and Drug Administration released a report addressing these concerns in 2002, outlining the risk of psychiatric side effects and birth defects if taken by a pregnant patient. However, they did not in that report discuss the risk of psychological side effects.
FDA report with no mention of Accutane IBD
Accutane inflammatory bowel disease is now one of the most commonly cited side effects in Accutane lawsuits. Accutane ulcerative colitis and Accutane Crohn’s disease are two conditions that fall under the spectrum of inflammatory bowel diseases, and a number of Accutane users have complained of these particular side effects. They are now among the most commonly cited side effects in Accutane lawsuits.
There are a growing number of Accutane users who believe that they were not adequately warned by the manufacturers of Accutane, Hoffman-La Roche, about the side effects associated with the medications, namely inflammatory bowel disease and other gastrointestinal problems. The Food and Drug Administration has acknowledged the risk of Accutane inflammatory bowel disease, and encouraged Hoffman-La Roche to list it as one of the possible side effects on Accutane packaging.
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Hoffman-La Roche pulled Accutane from the United States’ pharmaceutical market in 2009 amid a number of lawsuits related to the drug. However, patients who were injured by Accutane are still eligible to file Accutane lawsuits as long as the statute of limitations in their state has not yet expired. Potential plaintiffs should contact an Accutane lawyer in order to establish whether or not they may be eligible to file suit against Hoffman-La Roche.
Over 6,600 individual Accutane lawsuits are assembled in a mass tort litigation taking place in New Jersey, and individual lawsuits have also been filed throughout the country. Plaintiffs are hoping to win damages that could help cover medical costs and other financial costs associated with Accutane.
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