Accutane (isotretinoin) is an oral medication best known as a prescription treatment for patients with severe acne. Typically Accutane users have tried other skin medications to no avail and switched to this stronger drug for relief from an often uncomfortable and debilitating condition.
However, Accutane, manufactured by Roche Pharmaceuticals, may not be as safe and effective as most consumers may have thought during its long stay on the U.S. market. The drug was first used as a powerful chemotherapy agent for treating cancer, but Accutane’s surprising and promising side effect was that it cleared up acne symptoms like whiteheads, blackheads and red pimples. In 1982, the FDA approved Accutane for this new use.
Unfortunately, as more people took the strong oral medication to treat acne conditions, more reports surfaced about startling side effects such as liver disease, ulcerative colitis and depression. Some patients even suffered from psychosis and suicidal thoughts or actions. There is also concern about a link between Accutane use by pregnant mothers and subsequent birth defects.
To remedy the situation, FDA first placed a “black box” warning on Accutane and other isotretinoin medications, clearly stating the possibility of risk for severe birth defects if taken during pregnancy. Later French health authorities required a label warning about suicide attempts linked to Accutane, followed by an updated FDA warning in the U.S. that included the risk of adverse psychiatric effects linked to the potent drug.
While Roche Pharmaceuticals decide to remove Accutane from the market in 2009 due to “sluggish sales,” the drug giant faced thousands of lawsuits at the time. Today, former Accutane users are coming forward not only to seek legitimate compensation for severe side effects they may have suffered after using the drug, but to hold this manufacturer accountable for its actions and disregard for the protection of U.S. citizens.
Douglas and London is here to help you begin to understand your eligibility for class action legal proceedings against Roche. Please call us today if you or someone you know has experienced adverse reactions to Accutane.