Since 1982, it is estimated that approximately 20 million people have used the prescription drug Accutane for the treatment of acne. Unfortunately, this drug has also been the subject of increasing litigation due to reports of serious side effects. If you or a loved one has suffered harm from the use of Accutane, you should contact an Accutane lawyer experienced in pharmaceutical litigation as soon as possible.
Accutane (Isotretinoin) is a synthetic form of vitamin A that has been used to treat more serious cases of acne, such as recalcitrant nodular acne. It is manufactured by Roche Pharmaceuticals and has also been marketed with the trade names Amnesteem, Claravis, and Sotret. Accutane was first developed as a drug used to attack rapidly dividing cells in patients with brain and pancreatic cancer. Accutaine treats acne by drying out oil and other substances that block skin pores and by reducing skin gland size.
Accutane was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1982 and is one of the three drugs on the market with the largest number of reports of adverse side effects. Within the first year of its release, there were numerous reports of birth defects from women who took the drug during pregnancy. Although warnings were issued, reports of birth defects and other serious side effects continued to increase. Since 1982, there have been over 140 suicides associated with Accutane. From 1997 to 2002, the FDA received a large number of reports of inflammatory bowel disease associated with the use of Accutane. Since 1983, the FDA has released several warnings regarding the serious side effects that can result from use of the drug. Although generic forms of the drug remain available, Roche Pharmaceuticals pulled Accutane from the market in June of 2009, due in large part to the increasing costs of defending personal injury lawsuits. The most serious side effects caused by the use of Accutane include:
If you or a family member has used Accutane and experienced serious side effects, you may be able to recover compensation for your injuries. An injured party can file one or both of the following types of claims:
If you or a loved one has been harmed by the use of Accutane, it is essential that you contact an experienced Los Angeles Accutane attorney as soon as possible to evaluate your claim. The attorneys at Arias Sanguinetti Wang & Torrijos have the experience and legal knowledge necessary to effectively fight for your legal rights in this specialized area of pharmaceutical litigation.