A March 30, 2010 article published in the American Journal of Gastroenterology linked Accutane use to bowel problems. The purpose of the study was to find a cause-and-effect relationship between Accutane and inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Researchers from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill found that Accutane increased the risk of developing ulcerative colitis by a factor of four. 

In conducting the study, researchers reviewed data from 87 health insurance plans and identified 8,189 people who had been diagnosed with IBD.  IBD represents a group of digestive disorders which includes Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.  In addition, the study determined that the risk for ulcerative colitis fluctuated depending on the daily dose of Accutane.  These recent findings further illustrate the dangers associated with Accutane use and that the June 2009 Accutane recall was an appropriate response to safeguard patients from increased harm associated with Accutane use.

Dr. Seth Crockett and his colleagues at the University of North Carolina stressed that patients with severe acne should be aware of the possible link between isotertinoin and inflammatory bowel disease before they take the drug.  It should be noted that while the findings do provide evidence of a cause-and-effect relationship between Accutane and IBD, the researchers did not definitively conclude that Accutane, in fact, causes ulcerative colitis.  They stated that further studies are necessary to confirm their results. 

Accutane Lawsuits

As lawsuits challenging Accutane’s warnings work their way through the courts, this study provides further evidence of the harmful side effects stemming from Accutane use.  To date, over 1,000 Accutane lawsuits have been filed against Roche.  Six separate juries have already awarded injured victims of Accutane side effects nearly $56 million in damages. 

Accutane Legal Advice

If you or a loved one have used Accutane and have suffered severe side effects such as IBD, depression, suicide, birth defects or any other serious injury, you should contact one of our Accutane lawyers to discuss your legal rights and options.  You may be able to file an Accutane lawsuit.    

Published November 17, 2011 by