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Thursday, July 15, 2010

Isotretinoin and Accutane Inflammatory Bowel Disease (Ulcerative Colitis and Crohn's Disease) Lawsuits

Accutane Crohn's Disease Lawsuits, Accutane Ulcerative Colitis Lawsuits, and Accutane Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) Lawsuits by Texas Accutane Lawyer Jason S. Coomer

Isotretinoin which is sold under several tradename including Accutane is an acne medication that is a synthetic form of Vitamin A.  The drug has been commonly sold and marketed to alleviate severe acne symptoms by inhibiting oil gland and cell growth. Scientific evidence has linked the acne drug, Isoterinoin and Accutane, to severe side effects including increased risk of severe digestive problems, inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), Ulcerative Colitis, and Crohn's Disease.

Accutane and Isotretinoin Digestive Disorder Lawsuits including Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), Crohn's Disease, and Ulcerative Colitis
The digestive system provides our bodies with nourishment as well as gets rid of toxins that can cause health problems.  The digestive system includes the stomach, large and small intestines, and rectum.  It converts the foods we eat into nutrients and absorbs these nutrients into the bloodstream to fuel our bodies. We seldom appreciate the workings of our digestive system unless something goes wrong, as in the case of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).

Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is a group of inflammatory conditions of the colon and small intestine that can cause significant health problems and can be extremely unpleasant and can cause disability. The major types of Inflammatory Bowel Disease IBD are Crohn's Disease and Ulcerative Colitis

Crohn's Disease is a form of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). It usually affects the intestines, but may occur anywhere from the mouth to the end of the rectum (anus).  Crohn's Disease symptoms depend on what part of the gastrointestinal tract is affected. Symptoms range from mild to severe, and can come and go with periods of flare-ups. The main symptoms of Crohn's disease are cramps and abdominal pain, fever, fatigue, loss of appetite, pain with passing stool (tenesmus), persistent & watery diarrhea, and unintentional weight loss.  Other symptoms may include constipation, eye inflammation, fistulas (usually around the rectal area, may cause draining of pus, mucus, or stools), joint pain, liver inflammation, mouth ulcers, rectal bleeding and bloody stools, skin rash, and swollen gums.

Ulcerative colitis is a type of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) that affects the large intestine (colon) and rectum.  Symptoms of Ulcerative Colitis can include abdominal pain and cramping that usually disappears after a bowel movement; abdominal sounds (a gurgling or splashing sound heard over the intestine); diarrhea, from only a few episodes to very often throughout the day (blood and mucus may be present); fever;  tenesmus (rectal pain); weight loss; gastrointestinal bleeding; joint pain; and nausea and vomiting.

Isotretinoin Acne Medication and Related Health Problems including Inflammatory Bowl Disease IBD, Crohn's Disease, and Ulcerative Colitis

The leading pharmaceutical manufacturers of the acne drug, Isotretinoin, have received billions in revenue from the sale of the acne drug, Isotretinoin and Accutane.  Isotretinoin is sold under several trade names including Accutane, Amnesteem, Claravis, Decutan, Isotane, Izotek, Oratane, Isotrex, Isotrexin, Sotret, Ratane, and Raccutane.  

Isotretinoin is a medication used for the treatment of severe acne. It was first developed to be used as a chemotherapy medication for the treatment of some forms of cancer.  It was later discovered that it was effective and treating severe acne.  Though Isotretinoin including Accutane was originally only meant for the treatment of severe acne, over time many dermatologists pushed by pharmaceutical marketing representatives began to prescribe the drug for mild cases. 

Isotretinoin including Accutane works by inhibiting the growth and reproduction of oil glands and cells. It depletes the body of molecules that hold water which help to keep skin, eyes, scalp, and joints well lubricated. Scientific research has determined that Isotretinoin including Accutane can cause several health problems including Crohn's Disease, irritable bowel disease, Ulcerative Colitis, depression, suicidal tendencies, birth defects, miscarriages, vision problems, ringing in the ear, psychosis, liver damage, heart attack, stroke, seizures, lowered white blood cell count, and inflammatory bowel disease.

Accutane FDA Action, Accutane Black Box Warning, and Accutane Lawsuits

The FDA has required a black box warning be put on all containers of Accutane, warning of all the known health risks associated with taking Isotretinoin including Accutane. A proper warning label notifying health care providers and users of a drug will typically protect a drug manufacturer from liability.  As such, it is thought that because Isotretinoin and Accutane had warnings about the drug potentially causing birth defects and warnings to patients and medical providers that women who are pregnant or about to get pregnant should not take the drug, it is thought that birth defect cases will probably not be viable against the makers of Accutane.

However, Plaintiffs that have suffered severe inflammatory bowel disease after taking Accutane and were taking the drug prior to the risk being added to the warning label may have viable claims.  This is because the drug manufacturer did not warn those outside the company of known serious risks of taking the drug.  Plaintiffs that have suffered inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) including Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis and took Accutane prior to the warning label changes are expected to have viable cases because it is thought that some of the manufacturers of Isotretinoin hid known health risks of the drug from medical doctors and the public in order to increase their revenues and profits.

Additionally, there are potential off label marketing issues where patients were given Isotretinoin when they did not have severe acne.  These issue may impact the viability of potential cases if it is proven that the manufacturers provided false and misleading information to medical providers for the purpose of selling more of the drug.

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