Accutane-related IBD Victim Awarded Over $2.6 Million


A New Jersey jury has awarded over $2.6 million to a man who claimed the acne drug Accutane, manufactured by Hoffman-LaRoche, caused his inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). The man’s lawsuit claimed that Hoffman-LaRoche failed to warn consumers of the serious side effects that caused him to require multiple surgeries including the removal of his colon. Accutane (generic Isotretinoin), is a powerful medication used to treat a very severe form of acne called resistant nodular cystic acne. This type of acne does not respond to other treatments such as topical applications and antibiotics.


Accutane users have been known to develop many serious side effects including but not limited to:


  • Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)
  • Stroke
  • Depression
  • Aggression
  • Pancreatitis
  • Hepatitis
  • Hearing impairment
  • Birth defects (if mothers took the drug while pregnant)


IBD, the most frequently reported of Accutane’s side effects, refers to chronic diseases that cause inflammation in the form of painful swelling and diarrhea. Other common symptoms of IBD are abdominal cramps, blocked bowels, bloody stool, fever, dehydration, and extreme weight loss. IBD is also considered to be a major risk factor for developing colorectal cancer. Once you have IBD, symptoms can flare up without warning leaving sufferers constantly worried about when the next episode of pain and diarrhea will strike.


Accutane, which went on the market in 1982, has been prescribed to over 13 million people worldwide for the treatment of acne. Accutane has been a controversial drug for years not only due to the risk of IBD involved with taking the drug but because depression and suicide have also been attributed to the powerful drug. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned physicians prescribing the drug to be aware of any signs of depression in their patients, but Hoffman-LaRoche did not warn consumers or healthcare professionals of the potential serious adverse effects associated with the drug until after the FDA made its announcement.


The potential devastating side effects of Accutane became widely known when the son of a prominent United States Congressman committed suicide at the age of seventeen in May 2000. Representative Bart Stupak has attributed his son’s suicide Accutane. The boy was a star football player, very popular in school, and shot himself in the head after a prom-night party.


After Stupak’s suicide, newspapers and other media quickly spread the word about the possible deadly effects of Accutane. The revelation of these side effects spawned a large number of lawsuits, and there were wrongful death lawsuits filed by the loved ones of people who suffered Accutane-related deaths. Hoffman-LaRoche was accused of touting Accutane as a miracle pill and failing to mention the possible deadly adverse effects of the drug. The drug manufacturer was accused of continuing to make and distribute the drug knowing full well the dangerous and possibly deadly effects associated with it.


If you or a loved one has taken Accutane and suffered any of the dangerous side effects attributed to the drug such as IBD, depression, or suicidal behavior, we urge you to contact an experienced Accutane lawyer in your area today to find out if you may be entitled to monetary compensation.