Accutane IBD Lawsuit
Written by Faith Anderson on November 22, 2011
Lawsuits Allege Roche Knew About Accutane IBD Side Effects
Tanna’s attorney entered into evidence copies of internal Roche documents that suggest the drug company was fully aware of the potential for Accutane to cause inflammatory bowel disease. Tanna’s lawsuit also claims that the Accutane brochure the plaintiff received fails to mention the possibility of Accutane causing IBD side effects, nor does it indicate that the gastrointestinal side effects potentially linked to the acne medication could be permanent, persisting even after use of the drug is terminated.
Inflammatory Bowel Disease Described
Inflammatory bowel disease is an umbrella term which encompasses a group of conditions affecting the colon and small intestine, including Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. IBD is a chronic disease characterized by periods of severe flare-ups, followed by periods of remission in which symptoms subside. Symptoms of IBD can range from mild to severe, and typically depend on which part of the intestinal tract is involved. Common IBD symptoms include fever, loss of appetite, abdominal cramps and pain, bloody diarrhea, weight loss and anemia.
Roche Blames Plaintiff’s Doctors
An attorney for Roche argues that the drug firm did its due diligence in attempting to warn consumers about the risks of Accutane IBD through a 7-step warning system it has designed for patients and healthcare professionals. Included in the program is a package insert, a patient brochure, a medication guide, and a blister pack, all of which, the company claims, carry information about the risk of serious Accutane side effects. Roche also claims that if Tanna was misinformed about the risks of Accutane inflammatory bowel disease, it was due not to inadequate warnings from the drug firm, but to the negligence of the plaintiff’s two dermatologists. Plaintiffs in mass tort actions against Accutane maker Roche may seek financial compensation for medical bills, pain and suffering, permanent disability costs and out-of-pocket expenses associated with their Accutane side effects.