Accutane Inflammatory Bowel Disease Lawsuits are Often Similar
Elise Kramer | April 10th, 2012
Accutane drug maker Hoffman-La Roche pulled the popular and powerful acne medication from the pharmaceuticals market in 2009, but lawsuits surrounding Accutane related side effects continue to grow in number as more and more patients realize that their inflammatory bowel disease or other side effects could be connected to the medication. Thousands of individuals–more than 7,000 to be exact–have filed suits against the drug maker, hoping for compensation that could help them cover the costs associated with the side effects they have experienced.
Accutane inflammatory bowel disease common side effect
Inflammatory bowel disease is an umbrella term that can encompass ulcerative colitis and Crohns disease resulting from Accutane use. These may develop in patients years after they stop taking the medication, and these conditions are painful and debilitating and are often permanent and require a number of medical treatments that would allow the patient to maintain a normal life.
Though many plaintiffs have already filed lawsuits, even more people have consulted Accutane attorneys about joining the litigation.
Medical history imperative to lawsuit decisions
The most successful plaintiffs have been able to prove that they do not have a personal or family history of inflammatory bowel diseases. This can prove to a jury that the inflammatory bowel disease they did suffer can be more definitively linked to their Accutane use. One plaintiff, James Marshall, was denied damages because he had a family history of inflammatory bowel disease. He also took the medication for only a month, which the jury said was not sufficient to prove that it was linked to his condition.
Warning labels regarding Accutane side effects have been called into question. Among the most important elements in these claims is confirmation that the plaintiff would not have taken the medication had he or she been properly warned about the side effects associated with the medication.
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