Thursday, March 11, 2010

Popular Acne Drug at Center of Injury Lawsuit

Accutane is one of the most widely used prescription drugs for skin problems such as acne. However, in recent years, lawsuits have linked the popular drug with a number of serious side effects, including depression, digestive problems, bowel damage, and birth defects.

In one recent case, plaintiff Andrew McCarrell of Birmingham, Alabama was awarded more than $25 million in damages by a New Jersey jury. McCarrell claimed that his long-term use of Accutane resulted in the development of inflammatory bowel disease, a painful digestive condition that had significantly diminished his quality of life. McCarrell underwent five different bouts of surgery to try to improve his condition, and eventually had his entire colon removed.

Roche, the parent company that manufactures Accutane, is facing close to 1,000 lawsuits related to the potentially harmful side effects of the drug.

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