The prescription drug Accutane, manufactured by Roche, Inc., the US division of the Swiss-based pharmaceutical company Hoffmann-LaRoche, Inc., was available by prescription in the United States from 1982-2009.  Accutane, the brand name of the chemical isotretinoin, was a treatment for severe recalcitrant nodular acne when no other medications proved effective.  Even though Newsweek wrote that “there has never been a drug like it” and others declared it the biggest breakthrough in acne treatment, Accutane users experienced serious and often life-threatening side effects including birth defects and miscarriage, inflammatory bowel diseases, including Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, and psychiatric disorders, such as depression and suicidal thoughts.

Although recalled from market in 2009, many users are still suffering from its side effects. To date, over 5,000 thousand lawsuits have been filed against Roche alleging the manufacturer did not adequately warn patients of the risks.  Repeatedly juries have agreed with the allegations; in response, they have awarded over $56 million in verdicts against Roche to plaintiffs as compensation.

Have You Been Affected by Accutane?

Any individual or the relative of an individual who has suffered due to Accutane’s side effects is permitted to file a lawsuit.  The lawyers can help you determine whether you are qualified to seek compensation.  You may be eligible to seek reimbursement for medical expenses, compensation for pain and suffering, and punitive damages (compensation granted for losses suffered).  If you need further information about the harmful side effects of Accutane or legal advice concerning personal injury matters, we invite you to contact us or to fill out our form on this website for a free case evaluation.