Accutane Lawsuits Allege Failure To Warn
What Is Accutane?
Accutane, manufactured by Hoffman-LaRoche, is an acne drug which has been prescribed by dermatologists for several years. Many young people in their teens, and even prior to their teens, have been prescribed the drug as it was known to be very strong right from the start.
Accutane was originally developed as a cancer drug which kills certain cells or interacts with certain enzymes. It was found to stop acne that was otherwise very problematical for dermatologists in treating youngsters. Therefore, it became a wonder drug that was relied upon by dermatologists when they were faced with the use of other drugs that simply didn’t do the job. Most users didn't begin with this course of treatment, but switched to it later when other treatments for their acne didn't work. Unfortunately, Accutane side effects are serious – and can be permanent.
Why Is Accutane Dangerous?
Accutane has been linked to both inflammatory bowel disease, or IBD, which is either Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis – both of which are permanent diseases. One affects the upper colon; the other affects the lower colon. Both are very serious diseases which sometimes leads to the need for a person's colon to be removed.
So, it’s a very serious disease to put yourself at risk for when you’re being treated for something that is what most would consider a passing disease such as acne. The problem with it is that it was not generally known in the dermatological field that it was causing gastrointestinal problems.
While Accutane's label mentioned the possibility of gastrointestinal problems, it stated that those problems were only temporal. What it did not say – and what the great danger is – is that the use of the drug can cause permanent gastrointestinal problems which could last a lifetime and come about only a short time after the use of the drug and most importantly – without the continued use of the drug.
So, if you went on this drug for two or three months – which would be a typical course for the drug to take on the acne – you could get these gastrointestinal problems weeks, months or even a year later and be permanently damaged. If this has happened to you, contact an experienced Accutane lawyer to find out whether you might be entitled to compensation in the form of payment of past and future medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering.