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Accutane is used to treat a severe form of acne called resistant nodular cystic acne. It is made by Roche Laboratories and was approved by the FDA in 1982. The drug is effective in treating acne patients who have not responded well to antibiotic or topical agent treatments.
Accutane, however, has some adverse reactions, so doctors need to carefully monitor patients being treated with the drug. Frequent blood tests are needed to make sure that Accutane is not damaging the liver. Women who are pregnant should not use the drug at all because severe birth defects may ensue.
Accutane has recently received attention for causing potential psychological effects. At least 240 cases of suicide have been linked to the drug’s use. Roche has added warnings on the drug’s packaging concerning the potential for Accutane-induced depression.
Side effects that have been linked to Accutane include:
- Severe birth defects and fetal death
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
- Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)
Some allege that Roche Laboratories was aware of many of these side effects before the drug’s introduction and hid some of the relevant data. Accutane’s detractors also point out that due to its side effects, there have been over twenty labeling modifications since the drug was introduced. Furthermore, Accutane has also been implicated in numerous additional side effects.
If you or your loved one has suffered adverse effects from the use of Accutane, you may be entitled to compensation. We urge you to contact an experienced Accutane lawyer as soon as you can. There may be time limits by which you must commence suit.
Contact us today to find an experienced Accutane lawyer.