For almost 30 years, parents have looked to Accutane and its generic derivatives to help their children with severe acne.
As it turns out, Accutane was effective treating the acne, however scientists are just now confirming many of the suspected side-effects that Accutane users had long complained of including severe stomach problems related to the drug.
The nexus between Accutane & health problems
The medical and scientific communities have now conclusively established that Accutane use has been connected to a painful, embarrassing— and downright life changing condition known as Accutane Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Ulcerative Colitis and Crohn’s Disease.
Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) is a medical condition characterized by painful inflammation of the bowel that may contribute to: bowel bleeding, ulcers, bowel obstruction or a bowel rupture. Unlike common stomach or gas-related pain, IBD is a chronic condition with no cure.
As the IBD symptoms progress (as they commonly do even after Accutane use has been discontinued), many patients require medications to control the pain and associated symptoms. In some cases where there is a bowel obstruction or an intestinal abscess surgery may be required.
Drastic medical procedures
The most common type of surgical treatment for intestinal abscesses and bowel obstructions related to Accutane use is known as a bowel resection. A resection surgery involves removal of part of the damaged area of the intestinal tract. However in some cases of IBD or Ulcerative Colitis a total colectomy may be necessary when a portion or complete area of the large intestine is removed.
Legal Rights Of Those Who Have Suffered An Injury Related To Accutane
The mounting medical studies related to Accutane use and associated complications are making the case against Accutane’s manufacturers, Roche and Hoffman LaRoche stronger. However, we are still learning how much knowledge these manufacturers had about these adverse side effects and when this information was obtained. These facts are particularly important in light of the fact that most of the abdominal side effects were never included in any product warning.
Parties coming forward with Accutane related injuries currently have the right to proceed with a lawsuit directly against the manufacturer on an individual basis as no ‘class action’ has been established at this time.
With so many young people impacted by Accutane, it is essential to evaluate claims based upon the present harm to the person, but also with an eye towards the future disability and long-term medical needs.
If you or a loved one suffers from: inflammatory bowel disease, Chron’s disease, ulcerative colitis or other abdominal injuries following the use of Accutane, you may have legal rights against the manufacturers. Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers would be honored to discuss your legal options with you for no initial cost (888) 424-5757.
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