In mid 2009, Hoffman La Roche issued a product recall of Accutane, the acne drug, referencing the cost of defending Accutane lawsuits as a factor in the decision. Accutane users have suffered serious Accutane side effects such as Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, and inflammatory bowel disease secondary to usage.
By the time Hoffman La Roche recalled Accutane in the United States, the company was facing literally thousands of lawsuits involving the drug. Hoffman La Roche has reportedly lost $60 million in court cases filed by former Accutane users.
Disturbingly, the side effects associated with the use of Accutane are numerous. These illnesses include, but are not limited to, the following:
Ulcerative Colitis (UC)
Ulcerative colitis (UC) is chronic inflammation of the digestive tract, accompanied by ulcers on the lining of the large intestine and rectum. Signs of UC mirror those of Crohn's disease and include abdominal pain. Treatment is available, though there is no known cure for UC. A study published in the American Journal of Gastroenterology, found that Accutane quadruples the risk of developing ulcerative colitis.
Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)
Inflammatory bowel disease is a condition involving the inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract. The inflammation leads to ulcers and bleeding. When steroids are not effective, surgery may be necessary.
Crohn's disease is chronic disease that involves the inflammation of the digestive tract.
An Accutane spokesperson says that Hoffman LaRoche "is currently defending more than 600 claims for personal injuries due to Accutane, including IBD (WFTV).
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