Here at LawInfo.com we often write about prescription drugs and how they can cause a variety of serious side effects, including birth defects if taken during pregnancy.  I feel it is important to keep the readers of this blog informed about serious healthcare issues so they can seek proper representation and care.

Accutane is a prescription drug used to treat acne.  However, the drug has received FDA’s black box warning.  The medication was removed from the market in 2009, yet the number of lawsuits against the drug manufacturer has not seized.  For example, in a recent Accutane lawsuit, two former Accutane users were awarded $18 million in damages because the drug caused inflammatory bowel disease.  However, generic versions of the drug (Claravis, Sotret and Amnesteem) may still be available.  It is important to consult with a healthcare professional prior to taking its generic versions.

What is Accutane?

Accutane is a prescription medication produced by Hoffman-La Roche.  It is used to treat moderate to severe acne.

What is a Black Box Warning?

The black box warning is the most severe FDA warning possible.  Accutane received the black box warning because of its severe side effects.

Serious Side Effects of Accutane:

  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) which include Accutane induced Crohn’s Disease or Ulcerative Colitis
  • Having your colon removed
  • Severe depression or suicidal tendencies
  • Heart attack
  • Stroke
  • Seizure
  • Lowered blood cell count

Common Birth Defects of Accutane:

  • Diarrhea
  • Deformed fetus
  • Facial malformations
  • Mental retardation
  • Heart defects
  • Hearing impairment
  • Missing earlobes

Additional Information:

Many individuals who have been injured by Accutane have not yet filed a claim against Hoffman-La Roche.  All claims are subject to time limits and you may forfeit your right to financial compensation if you delay your claim.

To learn more about Accutane, visit our Frequently Asked Question’s page.

How Can a Accutane Lawyer Help?

If you or a loved one took Accutane and suffer from its side effects, you may be entitled to compensation. You should consult with an Accutane attorney to determine whether you have a valid legal claim against Accutane and its producer, Hoffman-La Roche.  Most of the attorneys at LawInfo.com offer free initial consultations.  It would be beneficial to speak to an attorney today to discuss your legal options.