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Teen Suicides and Inflammatory Bowel Disease Side Effects Continue to Dog Accutane

While some dermatologists still tout Accutane as a wonder cure for intransigent and severe acne, accumulating evidence also connects the drug to a bevy of teen suicides and Inflammatory Bowel Disease.


While some dermatologists still tout Accutane as a wonder cure for intransigent and severe acne, accumulating evidence also connects the drug to a bevy of teen suicides and Inflammatory Bowel Disease.

One mother of a teenage boy who committed suicide by nose-diving a Cessna airplane into a Tampa high-rise claims in a lawsuit that Accutane was responsible for her son’s depression that triggered his tragic life-ending crash, according to , an information Web site that reports the latest news surrounding Accutane.

She and her attorneys have filed a $70-million-dollar lawsuit against the maker of the drug, pharmaceutical giant Roche Holding AG.

A famous alleged victim of Accutane’s harmful side effects is actor James Marshall. He played the character James Hurley in the cult-TV classic “Twin Peaks” and PFC Louden Downey in the blockbuster Hollywood movie, “A Few Good Men.”Marshall’s lawyers filed an $11-million lawsuit against Roche in which he claimed to have suffered gastrointestinal complications as a result of taking Accutane.

Furthermore, Marshall alleged that the side effects were so severe that they prematurely ended his highly-successful acting career.

Accutane Lawsuits Mounting

According to Accutane Lawsuit, there have been more than 3,000 Accutane-related lawsuits filed against Roche to date and the number keeps growing.

At the center of this litigation is the claim that Roche failed to sufficiently warn patients and medical professionals of Accutane’s many harmful and potentially fatal side effects.

Accutane’s Long FDA History

Accutane has been on the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) watch list since it was approved for use in the early 1980s.

That because, as the acne drug was used by millions over several decades, a number of new and harmful side effects became linked to Accutane based on independent research.

For example, on the latest FDA approved label for Accutane released February of 2010, the agency lists the following harmful and potentially life-threatening side effects:

  • Depression, psychosis and, rarely, suicidal ideation, suicide attempts, suicide, and aggressive and/or violent behaviors.
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • Acute pancreatitis.
  • Severe birth defects.
  • Impaired hearing has been reported in patients taking Accutane; in some cases, the hearing impairment has been reported to persist after therapy has been discontinued.

Reasons to Consider Legal Consultation

Some have the false believe that if they have suffered one of these harmful side effects of Accutane that the pharmaceutical giant will do the right thing and compensate them for their misfortune.

But unfortunately this is not the case at all! Roche like all mega corporations will use every financial, media and legal resource at its disposal to tenaciously fight victims’ legitimate claims against Accutane.

That’s why it’s imperative if you or a loved one has suffered a gastrointestinal complication, depression or suicidal thoughts, or any of the other side effects listed above while using Accutane, you should consider seeking legal representation as soon as possible. All lawsuits are subject to a statute of limitations – and there is only so much time in which a claim can be filed.

For a free, no obligation consultation with an attorney specializing in Accutane litigation, just visit and complete the form on the right-hand side of the Web site. A legal professional will contact you promptly. Or call toll-free at 888-770-4343, or email at


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