In the past few years there have been over 5,000 lawsuits filed against the Pharmaceutical company Roche because of harmful side effects caused by their prescription drug Accutane. Accutane was origionally manufactured as a prescription drug to treat individuals with severe Acne. Acne is a skin condition that millions of individuals suffer through on a daily basis. Pharmaceutical companies began to recognize the need and demand for a medication that would help treat those individuals suffering from this condition. There were a number of new acne drugs that hit market trying to treat those with severe Acne. One of the leading Acne drugs in recent years was known as Accutane created by the pharmaceutical company Roche. Accutane emerged as a dominant medication for the niche.
Accutane comes under the prescription forms and under the following names: Amnesteem, Claravis, Decutan, Istane, Sotret, Ratane, Raccutane, and the generic Isotretinoin. The original use for Accutane was to treat severe acne, but it has bean proven that dermatologists have prescribed the drug for mild cases of acne that should have never been prescribed because of the risks behind taking the drug.
Unfortunately, a number of reports of serious Accutane side effects for those taking the prescription drug eventually began to surface. It finally came to the point where people all over the United States needed the help of Accutane side effects lawyers. Below you will find information on this issue, including a brief history of Accutane and its intended uses, and the types of Accutane side effects that began to surface.
A Brief History of the Prescription Drug Accutane:
Accutane is form of vitamin A. It helps reduce the amount of oil released by oil glands in your skin to help the skin renew itself more quickly. Accutane was created and manufactured by Hoffman-LaRoche. Hoffman-LaRoche is one of the corporate giants dominating the pharmaceutical industry today. Accutane in its original form was approved for marketing, sale and distribution in the United States by the FDA in 1982, and it soon took the lead as one of the top acne medications on the market. Specifically, Accutane was used prominently to fight against two specific types of acne conditions:
One of the common forms of acne is called Nodular acne which is sometimes referred to as nodule acne. Nodular Acne features symptoms that include the development of large cysts or ‘bumps’ that form on the face and the neck. Common to a select few young adults going through puberty, these bumps actually run deep into the skin tissue and become extremely painful for the patient. In addition, a case of nodular acne can last for several months at a time and can leave long-lasting if not permanent damage to the facial and neck skin tissue behind.
Another form of Acne is called Cystic acne. Cystic Acne is often associated with nodular acne because it tends to arise simultaneously with nodular acne. It basically involves the formation of the same types of cysts or bumps on the face and the neck, and it can also last for months and lead to extreme pain and discomfort for the patient as well as a high degree of embarrassment and a lack of confidence. Unlike nodular acne, cystic acne bumps tend to be comprised of white blood cells, dead skin tissue and bacteria, and this substance pushes to the surface and gives the appearance of having ‘whiteheads’ on the face and neck.
Accutane became a popular prescription for those suffering from acne because its active ingredients attack these different forms of acne at their foundation. The medication seeks out the bacteria that increases the rise in white blood cells to fight it. It does this by removing and/or killing the bacteria before it has an opportunity to grow, spread and ultimately form the bumps that form on the surface of the skin around the face and the neck.
Side Effects of Accutane Emerged:
After Several years on the market a large number of troublesome and serious side effects of the prescription drug Accutane began to surface. These side effects caused by Accutane appear to cause much more damage than the acne it was designed to treat. A few of these commonly reported, dangerous side effects caused by Accutane are as follows:
Accutane and Inflammatory Bowel Disease
The terminflammatory bowel disease (IBD) covers a group of disorders in which the intestines become inflamed (red and swollen), probably as a result of an immune reaction of the body against its own intestinal tissue. Inflammatory bowel disease (which is different than irritable bowel syndrome, or IBS) refers to two chronic diseases that cause inflammation of the intestines: ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease.
Accutane and Ulcerative Colitis
Ulcerative colitis is another painful condition that attacks the interior wall of the large intestine. This is chronic inflamation of digestive tract accompanied by ulcers on the lining of the large intestine and rectum. Some of the Accutane users reported an immediate onset of the symptoms, while others developed ulcerative colitis months or years after Accutane treatment was stopped. This leads to extreme pain, discomfort and painful diarrhea and other serious damage to the rectal area of the body.
Accutane and Crohn’s Diseas
Crohn’s disease is a disorder that is ongoing causing inflammation of the digestive tract, also referred to as the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. Crohn’s disease can affect any area of the GI tract, from the anus up to the mouth, but it most commonly affects the lower part of the small intestine, called the ileum. The swelling extends deep into the lining of the affected organ. The swelling can cause pain and can casue the intestines empty frequently, resulting in diarrhea.