Accutane, a potent acne medication, has been prescribed to millions of patients. Unfortunately, a considerable number of these patients have experienced severe and debilitating side effects. These side effects have been known for a long time, but the manufacturer and many doctors failed to inform their patients about the potential risks associated with the drug.
The attorneys at Bellotti Law Group, P.C., based in Boston, are here to assist you in understanding your legal rights in relation to this harmful medication. Below, we provide crucial information to help determine if you have a valid personal injury
claim related to this defective product, which includes your right to compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
Understanding the Drug
Accutane (isotretinoin), a synthetic form of vitamin A, was manufactured by Hoffmann-La Roche. Initially produced in 1982 as a chemotherapy drug for certain types of cancer, it was later prescribed by physicians to treat patients with severe acne. Accutane and its generic equivalents, such as Amnesteem, Claravis, and Sotret, have been used by approximately 13 million people, including many patients in Massachusetts.
Serious Side Effects Associated with Accutane
Regrettably, numerous patients treated with Accutane, including those in Massachusetts, have experienced serious side effects. These adverse effects encompass ulcerative colitis, inflammatory bowel disease, liver damage, depression, and even suicide. In several cases, the side effects have resulted in persistent conditions requiring comprehensive treatment, including surgery.
In June 2009, due to the unacceptably high number of patients encountering these severe side effects, Accutane was removed from the market by Hoffman-La Roche. However, the generic equivalents are still accessible and continue to be prescribed. Millions have already ingested this defective drug, with many experiencing personal injuries as a result.
What to Do if You're Affected
If you've been prescribed Accutane and have suffered serious side effects such as ulcerative colitis, inflammatory bowel disease, or Crohn's disease, you might be legally entitled to seek compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering caused by Accutane.
The first step should be to seek competent medical care; following that, we recommend contacting the experienced Accutane attorneys at Bellotti Law Group, P.C. We will assist you in determining your legal rights and options concerning this defective product. Remember, time is crucial in product liability cases.
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