Acne Drug, Accutane, Pulled from Market

July 14, 2009
By Gabriel Mejia, Esq. on July 14, 2009 12:50 PM | | Comments (0)

The drug company, Roche, has pulled its acne medication, Accutane, from U.S. markets citing economic reasons and stiff competition from generic competitors. The removal comes, however, amidst numerous jury verdicts against the drug company for failing to warn of the medication's dangerous side effects. In 2007, a Florida jury found against Roche in the amount of $7 million for failing to warn of potential health risks. The removal of Accutane adds U.S. markets to a list of eleven other countries that have also seen the potentially dangerous drug removed from circulation.

According to reports, nearly 13 million people have taken Accutane since its release in the early 1980s. There are currently 5000 personal injury suits involving Accutane stemming from Roche's failure to warn of potential inflammatory bowel disease. Other serious safety concerns surround Accutane including causing psychosis, depression, suicidal thoughts and actions, birth defects, miscarriage, and premature birth.  Cases involving the dangerous health risks of Accutane continue to be litigated across the United States.

Gabriel Mejia, Esq. is a Coral Springs personal injury attorney handling accident and injury cases in Florida for Law Offices Cytryn and Velazquez, P.A.

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