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Experts estimate there are approximately 1,000 lawsuits pending against the makers of Accutane, Hoffman-LaRoche, at this time. Over 5,000 have been filed to date. In each case, victims have alleged that Roche failed to properly warn patients about the inherent dangers of the drug.

Most of the recent lawsuits involve claims by people who have been affected by Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Crohns Disease or Ulcerative Colitis after taking Accutane.

Drug injury experts also believe that the onset of serious litigation was a factor in Roches decision to stop selling Accutane in the U.S. in June of 2009.

While only seven verdicts have been given in the current Accutane litigation, they have largely favored the injured party. In fact, Roche has lost every case so far at the trial level. Plaintiffs filing suit for Accutane injuries have been awarded in excess of $56 million.

In order to combat this, Roche has sponsored university research trying to discredit the link between Accutane and Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Crohns Disease and Ulcerative Colitis.  However, lawyers continue to accept cases and fight for victims of injury from this drug.

Examples of recent Accutane Verdicts:

  • In 2010, Andrew McCarrell was awarded more than $25 million in damages in his lawsuit against Roche based on allegations that his use of Accutane caused his inflammatory bowel disease.  McCarrell testified that he underwent five surgeries after developing IBD, including one surgery to remove his colon entirely.
  • In a 2008, a woman was awarded more than $10 million in compensatory damages and medical costs by a jury in her case alleging that her use of Accutane caused her Inflammatory Bowel Disease. According to the case, the plaintiff began taking Accutane when she was 12 years old, and two years later was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis. She underwent surgery to remove her colon in 2006.
  • In a Florida case, a man was awarded $7 million at trial for injuries relating to the development of inflammatory bowel disease after taking Accutane. An appeals court later overturned the verdict in this case, however, ruling that his evidence of temporarily aggravation of his IBD due to taking Accutane was not strong enough. The appellate court also held that he did not prove that the lack of a warning label contributed to his illness.
  • In a New Jersey case, a jury awarded $12.9 million to a man who filed a lawsuit alleging he developed Inflammatory Bowel Disease after taking isotretinoin, better known as Accutane.

Drug injury lawyers continue to fight for clients who have been affected by Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Ulcerative Colitis or Crohns Disease after taking Accutane.  If you have suffered from any side effects and have taken Accutane in the past, Contact Us Today for a confidential evaluation of your case.


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