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SAUSALITO, CA, January 24, 2011 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Men and women who took Accutane in their teens & 20s to clear up their acne and developed IBD are finally having their day in court - and with great success. In fact, over $75 million has been awarded to six Accutane injury victims in the past three years - and Accutane injury lawyers say these types of verdicts are very likely to continue.
The Simple Truth About Accutane
Accutane, the supposed "wonder drug" manufactured by Swiss-based pharmaceutical giant Hoffman-LaRoche, is potent. In fact, it was originally developed as a cancer treatment. However, the company started marketing Accutane as an acne treatment in the 1980s. Those in their teens, 20's and older - as well as dermatologists wanting to help their clients with severe acne - thought Accutane was the best thing to come along since sliced bread. However, what they didn't know about Accutane - because the company never revealed it - was that this drug was dangerous. Very dangerous.
Accutane Causes Severe Gastrointestinal Disorders
Accutane, and its generic equivalents (Roaccutane, Amnesteem, Claravis and Sotret) contain the active ingredient Isotretinoin, has been found to cause severe gastrointestinal disorders known as Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) which manifests as either Crohn's Disease or Ulcerative Colitis (UC) - both permanent diseases which affect different parts of the colon and can result in the need to remove the colon altogether.
Like most so-called wonder drugs, patients with severe acne ran to their dermatologists to get Accutane. While their acne may have cleared up, they were secretly being injured - something many users are only now realizing years and years afterward.
Accutane Patients Suing & Winning - Big
Thousands of Accutane injury lawsuits are pending against Hoffman-LaRoche; however, the handful of cases which have gone to trial have resulted in multi-million dollar verdicts. One victim, now 40 years old, took Accutane in his 20's and had to have his colon removed 15 years later. A jury found that LaRoche failed to warn him and doctors about Accutane's dangers and awarded him $25 million. Five other juries have also ruled for patients - pushing the total amount awarded in the past three years to over $75 million.
Anyone who has been injured by Accutane - in the form of gastrointestinal injuries, birth injuries or by other serious side effects is urged to contact an Accutane injury attorney to find out more about how these verdicts could affect their situations and whether filing an Accutane lawsuit is right for them.
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