More Than 6,000 Accutane Side Effects Lawsuits Filed
Charles Pulikowski | February 23rd, 2012 | Posted in Accutane Crohns Disease News
Some patients seeking blemish-free faces got more than they bargained for: Accutane, a cystic acne treatment prescribed for serious skin conditions, has been linked to ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease, inflammatory bowel disease and other debilitating gastrointestinal conditions. Due to mounting consumer complaints and the drug’s severe side effects, manufacturer Roche discontinued production of Accutane in 2009.
Crohn’s Disease Among Accutane Side Effects
Accutane side effects are wide ranging, including minor maladies like dry eyes, headaches, rash and skin irritation, as well as serious conditions like depression, joint pain, and hepatitis. However, some of the most severe and oft-cited Accutane side effects relate to issues of the gastrointestinal tract, among them inflammatory bowl disease (IBD), ulcerative colitis, and Crohn’s disease.
Crohn’s disease is believed to be an autoimmune disease. In healthy people, the immune system destroys illness to protect the body from harm, but in patients with Accutane Crohn’s disease, this same system attacks the digestive tract. Crohn’s disease leads to chronic inflammation of the colon and small intestine, which in turn causes vomiting, diarrhea and chronic discomfort. It may also cause intestinal and stomach ulcers.
Patients with Accutane ulcerative colitis, IBD or Crohn’s disease have few treatment options. For some, these conditions may be managed through medication, diet and other therapies, but for many, only surgical removal of the colon will relieve symptoms. To date, there is no cure for Accutane Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis.
More than 6,000 Lawsuits Filed Against Roche
More than 6,000 victims of Accutane side effects have taken their grievances to court. Between May 2011 and November 2011, Accutane lawsuits have soared from 3,268 to 6,479 cases filed. Since side effects can reportedly appear after discontinuance of the drug, it is expected that this number will continue to grow.
Many of these lawsuits cite similar symptoms, circumstances and other facts, and seek compensation for damages. Those that qualify will be sent to New Jersey’s Atlantic County for inclusion in the mass tort lawsuit against Roche and Accutane. In the meantime, Roche Pharmaceuticals has ordered a university study into Accutane side effects, hoping to unearth research that will disprove the link between its drug and the bevy of side effects associated with Accutane.
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