Jury awards Accutane user $7 million because of inflammatory bowel disease

A Florida jury has awarded a Pensacola man a $7 million settlement after he became gravely ill with inflammatory bowel disease after taking the medication Accutane. Accutane, manufactured by Roche, is used to treat cases of severe acne.

Adam Mason, 31, developed Crohn’s disease after he took Accutane for nine years. Mason claimed that Roche failed to adequately warn of Accutane’s risks.

Roche is facing more than 400 lawsuits claiming that Accutane caused inflammatory bowel disease and that drug labels and warnings were not adequate.

Common side affects:

  • Acne flare up
  • Dryness of skin, lips and mucous membranes
  • Cuticle infection
  • Itch
  • Skin peeling
  • Dry eyes
  • Raised liver enzymes

Infrequent side affects:

  • Severe acne flare up
  • Raised blood glucose
  • Fatigue

Rare side affects:

  • Impaired night vision
  • Menstrual disturbances
  • Optic neuritis
  • Pancreatitis
  • Corneal opacities
  • Hypertension
  • Psychosis
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Birth defects if a woman becomes pregnant while taking the medication

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