Accutane, manufactured by Roche, is a drug used to treat severe acne.  Hundreds of Accutane lawsuits have been filed around the country alleging that Accutane use causes Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), including ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease. If you have experienced IBD after using Accutane, you may be entitled to file an Accutane lawsuit for financial compensation.

IBD Accutane Lawsuit and Lifelong Complications

IBD is an autoimmune disease that causes the body’s own immune system to attack the gastrointestinal system causing inflammation (swelling) which may lead to intestinal blockage.  IBD generates a higher risk of colon cancer than is observed in the general population.

There is no known cure for some types of Inflammatory Bowel Disease, but there are therapies that attempt to control the symptoms.  One approach to this problem is immunosuppression, where steroids are used. Surgery, which may involve resection of the bowel, partial removal of the colon, or complete colon removal, may be required in severe cases.  Although the symptoms of IBD may be treatable, the patient must live with the fact that the disease is incurable, generating lifelong complications.  Many of the symptoms of this disease are socially unacceptable, causing awkward and embarrassing moments for these individuals.  It is these lifelong complications that support a damage award in a successful IBD Accutane lawsuit.

Accutane Lawsuit and Ulcerative Colitis

Recent Accutane lawsuits have been brought by former Accutane users suffering from ulcerative colitis.  Ulcerative colitis generates inflammation and ulcers in the lining of the rectum and colon.  Inflamed cells then bleed and produce a discharge.  Frequently this disruption of cellular material causes continued diarrhea.

Symptoms of ulcerative colitis include:

  • Bloody diarrhea
  • Rectal bleeding
  • Abdominal cramping
  • Urgent need to use the bathroom

A recent successful Accutane lawsuit concerning ulcerative colitis yielded a $25 million jury verdict for the plaintiff.

Accutane Lawsuit and Crohn’s Disease

Successful Accutane lawsuits have also been brought by former Accutane users suffering from Chron’s disease.  Crohn’s disease causes a deeper inflammation that can spread through the digestive system including the small intestine, mouth, esophagus, and stomach.

Symptoms of Crohn’s disease include:

  • Abdominal cramping
  • Diarrhea

Accutane Lawsuit and Accutane Warnings

The FDA has required Roche to make numerous changes to Accutane’s label since it was introduced on the market in 1982.  The sufficiency of these warnings plays a key role in each Accutane lawsuit that has been filed around the country.  The newest warning involves Inflammatory Bowel Disease. The FDA Accutane warning label provides that: “Accutane has been associated with inflammatory bowel disease (including regional ileitis) in patients without prior history of intestinal disorders.  In some instances, symptoms have been reported to persist after Accutane treatment has been stopped.  Patients experiencing abdominal pain, rectal bleeding or severe diarrhea should discontinue Accutane immediately.”

Your eligibility to file an Accutane Lawsuit

If you have taken Accutane and suffer from symptoms of IBD, you may be eligible to file an Accutane lawsuit. Contact Bernstein Liebhard LLP for a no-cost Accutane lawsuit consultation.

Published November 17, 2011 by