Accutane is a drug that has been used to help children and adolescents with acne for almost 30 years. While Accutane did effectively treat acne, in recent years scientists have been discovering about the dangerous side effects posed by the drug.
Researchers have confirmed that Accutane use is linked to a painful and debilitating disease, known as inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis. IBD is characterized by a painful inflammation of the bowel that could contribute to bowel bleeding, ulcers, bowel obstruction or bowel rupture. It’s a chronic condition with no cure.
In some cases, a bowel resection must be performed for side effects related to IBD. A resection involved removing some of the damaged part of the intestinal tract. However, in some cases a resection will not work, and a total colectomy may be necessary when a portion or complete area of the large intestine is removed.
Because of the research and medical studies related to the use of Accutane, the manufacturers of Accutane, Roche and Hoffman LaRoche, have been facing lawsuits about their legal liability regarding Accutane. If you have been harmed by Accutane, you should evaluate claims based on your present damages, as well as with an eye towards the future disability and long-term medical needs.
If you believe that you have suffered damages because of your use of Accutane, call the personal injury attorneys at Kennedy Hodges at 855-947-0707. You can also visit us on Twitter. Call today to learn more or to schedule your free consultation.