The Hidden Dangers of Accutane and How Product Liability Works
Isn’t it bad enough that acne tends to come about at an age where you are already very conscious of the way that you look? Bad cases of acne can cause teenagers and young adults to become withdrawn, self conscious and worse than that, it can leave permanent scaring. Isotretinoin, more commonly known as Accutane is to all intent and purpose a very good cure for acne, and people who do not respond to other treatments, generally respond to Accutane. On the surface, it seemed like a great treatment drug for a problem that millions of young adults all over the world face, however it wasn’t as it seemed. A Los Angeles product liability attorney explains.
Accutane was manufactured by the La Roche group who happen to be considered one of the leading pharmaceutical manufacturers in the US and although this was considered to be a drug to help severe acne cases, some dermatologists have prescribed it to patients with light acne. Taking this strong medication drug for less severe cases of acne means that alarming side effects have now come to light.
Gastrointestinal problems are just a few of the possible side effects from the drug and if taken for long periods of time could lead to inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), ulcerated colitis, and Chron’s disease. If you feel that you have suffered any complications since previously taking Accutane then you should contact a product liability lawyer. There have been indicated instances of serious problems as a result of over use of the drug. One man in particular underwent 3 major surgeries, resulting in the removal of nearly all of his colon and his rectum. The case did go to court and the claimant won. This resulted in a court of law awarding damages of 25.16 million dollars.
However, gastrointestinal problems are only just the tip of the iceberg, other complications can include increased blood cholesterol, liver problems, severe heartburn, and if a women was taking the drug whilst pregnant, it could cause problems in the foetus leading to complications and possibly birth defects. On top of this, if taken for long periods of time Accutane could deplete the cells of the body with hold water. These water molecules are necessary for our scalp, skin, eyes and indeed joints to be healthy. When there is no water, then Alopecia, dry and flaky skin, conjunctivitis and painful and inflamed joints can also be alarming side effects.
The issue is that symptoms such as the above never show up immediately and as a result are only just starting to come to light. When this is the case, it can be sometimes difficult to prove that Accutane was the cause of these problems. With this in mind, it is vital if you have the slightest inkling that the drug is to blame, that speak to a Los Angeles personal injury lawyer who is well versed in a case such as this. They have the knowhow to put together a case and will understand the steps to take, in which to guide a full and fair compensation claim.
As a result of some pretty high profile cases, including an ongoing claim involving the actor James Marshall (star of the film ‘A Few Good Men and Twin Peaks), Accutane is no longer being sold in the USA as the company Hoffman La Roche has withdrawn it. However rather alarmingly, Accutane can still be bought in some US states under a different name and it is still on sale in many other countries including Canada and the UK.
This is a problem that doesn’t look like it is going to go away and as a result we are not sure how many other instances are going to come to light as a result of this miracle cure for acne. With this being the case, LA product liability attorneys are standing by ready to assist.