What is Accutane?
Accutane, also known as isotretinoin, is an acne medication used to treat severe breakouts. Accutane is extremely popular and generally available in generic forms. Developed back in 1982 to combat a nationwide acne breakout, the brand name version of the drug, Accutane, was recalled from the market in June 2009. Manufacturer, Roche Pharmaceuticals, claimed one of the primary reasons for pulling the drug off the market was the cost of defending against litigation. It is estimated that over 16 million people have used or continue to use some variation of the drug.
Following a study by the manufacturer in 1984, high doses of Accutane were prescribed even though independent research on the same subject suggested lower doses were equally as effective. Unfortunately, these high doses of Accutane also put consumers at a much higher health risk, and many serious side effects have been tied to use of Accutane.
Accutane Side Effects
Serious side effects have been tied to use of Accutane and other drugs of its kind, some of these problems include;
- Inflammatory Bowel Disease
- Menstrual Disturbances
- Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension
- Degenerative Disc and Bone Disease
- Skeletal Hyperostosis
- Optic Neuritis
- Serious Birth Defects (See Below)
- Serious Depression Leading to Suicide (See Below)
- Severe Intestinal Problems (See Below)
Many serious birth defects were tied to use of Accutane. Babies of women taking Accutane were reported to have hearing or visual impairments, misformed facial features, and mental retardation. One report states that of over 2,000 women taking Accutane while pregnant, most pregnancies ended in miscarriage or abortion, with another 150 babies being born with serious birth defects.
Depression and Suicide
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has received over 400 cases of attempted suicides and suicides associated with individuals using Accutane and other related products. Other serious side effects include depression, suicidal thoughts, and psychosis.
Accutane has been tied to several serious intestinal issues, among which are Corhn’s Disease, inflammatory bowel disease as well other potentially serious intestinal issues. Individuals suffering for inflammatory bowel disease can continue to suffer from this problem even after that have stopped use of Accutane.
Generally speaking there are usually around 1,000 pending Accutane cases filed at any given time throughout the United States. Due to the serious side effects associated with the drug many consumers were exposed to risks they were unaware of.
At Sheff Law, we are the Massachusetts law firm with the resources, experience, and national reputation to investigate injuries resulting from exposure to Accutane. Patients across Massachusetts and America have realized some of the potential harmful consequences of using the Accutane to treat acne outbreaks. If you or a loved one has been injured as a result of Accutane, contact an attorney at Sheff Law today by filling out a FREE consultation form, or call at (888) 423-4477 or 617-227-7000.
February 23rd, 2016 | Posted in Blog