May 27, 2010

Accutane (isotretinoin) is a synthetic vitamin A known as retinoids.  Accutane is used to treat severe cystic acne where other medications have failed.  This drug helps to reduce sebum (oil) production and can cause remission of acne.  This acne medication was originally approved for extreme forms of acne however many doctors prescribed it for milder cases.

Accutane is one of the top three drugs noted for the most reported adverse side effects.  Many Accutane lawsuits have been filed against the manufacturer Accutane’s manufacturer, Hoffman La Roche.  Some of the reported side effects include: suicidal tendencies, depression, aggressive behavior, miscarriages, birth defects, hair loss, stroke, heart attack, visual problems, erectile dysfunction, osteoporosis, seizures, liver dysfunction, and Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) (includes Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis).  The FDA responded by revising the safety label placed on Accutane packages, requiring a black box warning listing the risks associated with this medication.  Early on, Accutane was listed under the iPLEDGE program, where women of childbearing age have to sign a consent form to ensure that they understand the serious side effects associated with Accutane in terms of birth defects and risks of miscarriage.

In 2009, La Roche discontinued manufacturing Accutane, effectively removing it from the market.  They stated that they lost profits due to generic versions placed on the market.

If you took Accutane before these warnings were in place and have experienced Accutane side effects, you may be eligible for an Accutane Lawsuit.  It is best to seek an Accutane Attorney as they have the required background to manage these types of lawsuits properly.

Accutane Lawsuits

In the past, the Roche Group has been found guilty of fraudulent conduct, discovery abuses, and patent infringements, including committing fraud against the United States Trademark and Patent Office.  Roche has set aside over $1 billion for criminal fines, penalties, and to settle civil actions.  A congressional investigation reports that Roche has put profits before people and they have done everything possible to prevent the American people from learning of the serious side affects associated with Accutane.

In February 2010, an Alabama man who had developed Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) brought an Accutane Lawsuit, alleging that his IBD was caused by his Accutane use. He was awarded $25 million in damages.  The Alabama man was also awarded $159,000 to cover medical expenses.  This was the sixth largest Accutane Lawsuit., bringing the total of Accutane damage awards to $56 million.  Lawyers anticipate thousands of Accutane personal injury claims.  

If you have experienced suicidal tendencies, depression, Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) or any other Accutane side effect, you may be entitled to financial compensation. Accutane Lawsuits are currently being filed across the country.


Susan Ardizzoni, Ph.D. holds a Doctorate in Biology with a major in Neuroscience (medical) and minors in Biochemistry, Physics, and Mathematics with experience in basic and clinical research.  Although the author is not an attorney, this article was sponsored by the law firm of Bernstein Liebhard LLP and constitutes Attorney Advertising.  To learn more about Accutane Lawsuit or Accutane Attorney please visit

Published November 17, 2011 by