New National Website Reaches Out To Millions Who Took Defective Acne Treatment Accutane


Released on: August 31, 2010, 9:43 am
Industry: Healthcare

Since 1982, 5 million Americans and 8 million persons in other countries were prescribed Accutane to fight severe acne. In doing so, they were exposed to a defective drug that’s caused serious intestinal injuries requiring surgery – even colon removal. Now Accutane is off the market in America, and Americans have a fighting chance to recover their medical and other expenses via Accutane lawsuits which already are prevailing in courts.

To launch the process, new legal website is reaching out to Accutane victims needing representation for Accutane lawsuits in all 50 states. Such suits already have made news this year with jury verdicts favoring plaintiffs, including an Alabama man who received over $25 million for his Accutane-caused inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) which led removal of his colon.

Even Hollywood has entered the picture, via a recent Accutane lawsuit launched by actor James Marshall, star of TV’s Twin Peaks and the Oscar-nominated film A Few Good Men. After taking Accutane, Marshall, like many others, suffered an IBD and eventually had to have his colon removed. This severely impacted not only his health, but also his once-promising acting career.

The defective drug’s side effects even were referenced on a recent episode of the hit Fox TV series Glee.

Why has this happened? Indeed, why was it allowed to happen?

“Juries are finding that Swiss-based Roche Pharmaceuticals, creator of Accutane, knew that its product was unsafe but kept selling it anyway,” said a spokesperson for “Roche was making up to $1.2 billion per year in profits from Accutane. For Roche, eventual lawsuits were a trade off, and the human suffering was collateral damage.”

Juries are now holding that Roche did not adequately warn potential Accutane users of the drug’s serious side effects dangers. Thus, jury awards totaling more than $56 million already have been awarded in just a handful of Accutane lawsuits.

The Food and Drug Administration provides proof for such lawsuits. Though the FDA first approved Accutane’s use in 1982, the federal agency now calls Accutane’s active ingredient, Isotretinoin, “a potentially dangerous prescription medicine.” The FDA eventually required special warnings with Accutane.

Also in agreement is a Harvard University researcher who’s called Accutane “one of the most dangerous products on the market today.”

The FDA even has linked Accutane to such harmful side effects as severe depression, suicidal impulses and, for women who took Accutane during pregnancy, birth defects in babies. But for many sufferers, the problems involve an IBD such as Crohn’s Disease or ulcerative colitis. Each is a lifelong, incurable and debilitating digestive disorder – not to mention a costly one in terms of medical bills, lost salary and pain and suffering.

To recover such costs via an individual lawsuit – not a class-action suit -- says it can provide victims with an experienced Accutane defective drug lawyer in all 50 states of America. Many such suits may be handled in out-of-court settlements without a jury trial.

The legal website also has produced a special video for persons suffering acne to see. It demonstrates how-to tips on covering up acne with makeup, and advises against treating it with defective drug Accutane. The video can be viewed here:

“Most women with acne make the mistake of using concealers, as they are called, to cover pimples,” makeup artist Heidi Schulze says in the video. “That cakes up the face, doesn’t look natural and, since people with acne have oily skin, the makeup ends up sliding off anyway during the day.“ The mineral product Schulze uses in the video has no oil, so it stays put, relieving self-conscious sufferers. also advises Americans who haven’t taken Accutane to consider alternatives.

Roche removed Accutane from the market last year, but only in America and several other countries. Meanwhile, generic Accutane products Amnesteem, Sotret and Claravis remain available in America, all with the harmful ingredient Isotretinoin.

“This has cleared up acne but, for many, at too great of a cost,” said the spokesperson for ”Indeed, generic Accutane is as harmful as Roche’s original Accutane.”

Many who took Accutane as early as the 1980s have suffered without knowing the cause for many years. But this does not negate their legal options. says recent jury verdicts favoring victims disregard common statutes of limitations which would make legal action impossible long after an injury occurred. That’s because Accutane victims could not have known until recent news about the drug that an acne medication caused their bowel disease.

“People have time, though the clock is ticking on how long they have to file a lawsuit,” said the website’s spokesperson. “But they have every legal right to do so. A negligent pharmaceutical giant made billions of dollars while they suffered. Now it must be held accountable in an American court of law.”

Contact Details: Bruce Westbrook
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