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What is Accutane? 

Accutane is a potent drug developed by the pharmaceutical company Hoffman-La Roche (Roche) in 1982 for the treatment of severe acne.  Roche derived the drug from Isotretinoin, a Vitamin-A derivative originally developed for use in chemotherapy cancer medications due to its capacity to kill rapidly dividing cells.

Roche produced the drug as both Accutane and Roaccutane and marketed it in the U.S. as Accutane for over 25 years until it was discontinued in June of 2009.  During this time, approximately 5 million people took the drug for treatment, therefore experts have had a good opportunity to study its effects. Some of the more serious side effects associated with the medication include:

  • Ulcerative Colitis
  • Crohn’s Disease
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • Birth Defects
  • Depression

A course of treatment with Accutane usually involved taking pills orally for 4 to 5 months, with a course of follow up treatment in some cases. At the time it was discontinued, Roche reported yearly sales of more than $1.2 billion from the drug.

Roche stopped producing and dispensing Accutane in the United States on June 29, 2009, citing poor market share and rising costs of defending lawsuits filed by people who had been affected by certain side effects after taking the medication.

If you or someone you love has been affected by a serious side effect of Accutane, Contact us today for help on locating a doctor, answers to your questions and a free consultation of your legal rights.

 

Who makes Accutane?

Accutane was developed and sold for over 25 years by Hoffmann-LaRoche, which is the American division of The Roche Group.  Roche is one of the largest medical supply companies on the globe, selling pharmaceuticals, vitamins and testing equipment around the world. 

Roche stopped making and selling Accutane in the United States in June of 2009, citing business reasons.  Some attribute the decision to the growing number of lawsuits filed by people who suffered severe side effects after taking the medication.  At the time Roche discontinued Accutane, they were making $1.2 billion per year from the sales of the drug in the United States alone.

To date, approximately 5,000 lawsuits have been filed against Roche by people with side effects including Bowel Inflammation or Irritation, Crohn’s Disease, Ulcerative Colitis, Birth Defects, Hair Loss or Blindness.

Those injured by its use have recovered more than $50 million in damages.

If you have questions about side effects from taking Accutane, contact us today for answers and a free consultation of your legal rights.

 

What are the generic versions of Accutane?

In 2002 the patent protection held by Hoffman-LaRoche for Accutane expired and several other manufacturers entered the acne treatment market selling generic versions of Accutane.  These include brands known as Amnesteem, Claravis and Sotret.

Roche discontinued production and sales of Accutane on June 29, 2009 citing, among other things, poor market share.

Experts believe the risk of developing Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis is just as strong with these generic versions of Accutane as with the original drug itself.

If you were prescribed Accutane or a generic version of Accutane and are now experiencing any symptoms related to IBD, Crohn’s Disease or Ulcerative Colitis, you may be entitled to an award for your damages and suffering.  Contact Us Today for a confidential evaluation of your case.

 

When was Accutane prescribed?

Although it was developed in the 1970’s, Accutane was not approved for sale for treatment of severe acne until 1982.  It was sold from then until June 29, 2009, when the maker of the drug, Hoffmann-LaRoche, discontinued production and sales of the drug in the United States, citing business reasons.

During the more than 25 years that Accutane was sold, it was prescribed to more than 5 million people in the United States and 13 million people worldwide.  At the time it was discontinued by Roche, the company reported sales of $1.2 billion per year from sales of Accutane in the United States alone.

Some attribute the decision by Roche to discontinue sales of Accutane to the growing number of lawsuits filed by people who suffered severe side effects after taking the medication. 

To date, approximately 5,000 lawsuits have been filed by people with side effects including Bowel Inflammation or Irritation, Crohn’s Disease, Ulcerative Colitis, Birth Defects, Hair Loss or Blindness.

Those injured by its use have recovered more than $50 million in damages.

If you have questions about side effects from taking Accutane, contact us today for answers and a free consultation of your legal rights.

 

What are the Side Effects of Accutane?

Doctors and researchers have linked several side effects to the use of Accutane, from mild skin dryness to serious digestive diseases requiring lifelong treatment.  These conditions could surface while taking the drug or years later.

The most serious side effects related to Accutane include:

  • Crohn’s Disease
  • Ulcerative Colitis
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • Rectal Bleeding
  • Blindness
  • Hair Loss
  • Depression or suicide
  • Birth Defects

If you have suffered from any of these severe side effects after taking Accutane, take a look at the information elsewhere in this site, then Contact Us for answers to how you may be compensated for your losses. 

Time is limited to file a claim for your damages. A qualified drug injury attorney will give you a free, confidential consultation TODAY.

 

What are the symptoms of IBD, Ulceratice Coloitis and Crohn’s?

The use of Accutane has been linked to many serious conditions such as Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), Ulcerative Colitis and Crohn’s Disease.  While these conditions can be treated, the severity and amount of treatment needed may depend on early detection.  Therefore, it is important to look for the symptoms associated with them.

Some of the more common symptoms of IBD, Colitis and Crohn’s include:

  • Blood in feces
  • Rectal bleeding
  • Persistent diarrhea
  • Bowel pain
  • Pain/ difficulty with swallowing
  • Persistent heartburn
  • Yellowing of skin or eyes
  • Dark urine 
  • Pain/cramping in stomach, chest or abdomen
  • Loss of appetite
  • Fatigue
  • Fever

If you have been affected by any of these symptoms and have taken Accutane in the past, you may be entitled to compensation for damages, suffering and medical treatment costs.  Time to recover, however, is limited.  Read through the full Side Effects and Symptoms sections of this website, then Contact Us Today for a free, confidential evaluation of your case.

 

Can I file a lawsuit for my Accutane side effects?

Yes.  Attorneys are currently accepting cases involving people who took Accutane in the past and subsequently developed Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Ulcerative Colitis or Crohn’s Disease.

These severe gastrointestinal disorders are characterized by symptoms of blood in the feces, rectal bleeding, persistent diarrhea, bowel pain, pain or difficulty swallowing, persistent heartburn, yellowing of skin or eyes, dark urine, pain or cramping in the stomach, chest or abdomen, loss of appetite, fatigue and fever.

If you have noticed any of these symptoms after taking Accutane it is important to see a doctor immediately as the amount of future treatment required may depend on early detection.

Over 5,000 lawsuits have been filed against the makers of Accutane by people who have developed serious side effects from the drug.  So far, more than $50 million has been awarded to these victims for their medical bills, pain and future costs.

It is important to speak with a qualified drug injury attorney to determine if you have a case.  Contact us today for a confidential evaluation.  Time is limited to file a claim.

 

How long do I have to file an Accutane lawsuit?

The time to file a lawsuit for injuries from Accutane or other drugs is limited, though it is different from state to state.  Lawsuits in the United States are subject to a Statute of Limitation, or time limit, which, after expired, will prevent an injured person from filing a case. 

The statute of limitation is different from state to state and for each type of lawsuit, but generally ranges in time from 2 years to 6 years. If you file your claim within the required time, the Statute of Limitation has no effect on your case.

The Statute of Limitation for Accutane lawsuits may begin to expire when a person is injured or may not start until the injured person discovers, or should have discovered, that the drug caused their injury.  Therefore, it is important to speak with an attorney immediately to find out how much time you have to file a claim.

Even if your lawsuit has not expired, it is important to contact an Accutane attorney prior to the date your Statute of Limitations expires.  If you wait to contact an attorney until a week or month before your case expires, they may not have proper time to research your case and prepare it for filing.

 

Does it cost me anything to file a lawsuit?

No.  If an Accutane injury attorney determines that you have a valid case, they will pursue it on a contingency basis.  This means that you do not pay anything to your attorney unless they recover money for your damages.

Your Accutane Attorney will also pay all of the costs associated with researching, filing and fighting your case. These costs can include expenses for medical records, doctor examinations and testimony by expert physicians and witnesses.  Like the attorneys fees, these costs will only be deducted from your award if receive money from a trial or settlement.

 

How much are Accutane Lawsuits worth?

If you have taken Accutane in the past and have developed Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Ulcerative Colitis or Crohn’s Disease, you may be able to recover damages.

Over 5,000 lawsuits have been filed against the makers of Accutane by people who have developed serious side effects from the drug.  So far, more than $50 million has been awarded to these victims for their medical bills, pain and future costs.

Damages can include your pain and suffering, lost earnings, and past and future medical costs.  In some recent cases people injured by taking Accutane have recovered millions in damages.

It is important to speak with a qualified drug injury attorney to determine if you have a case.  Contact us today for a confidential evaluation.  Time is limited to file a claim.

 

How do I contact an Accutane attorney?

AccutaneRisks.com has compiled one of the most comprehensive databases of legal information relating to Accutane and continues to work with legal professionals on a daily basis to make sure you stay informed about this drug.

We work exclusively with the top drug injury attorneys in America to ensure you receive help from those who have extensive experience with your type of case.

If you have been affected by Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Ulcerative Colitis or Crohn’s Disease and have questions about an Accutane lawsuit, contact us today for a confidential evaluation.